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Thank you to everyone who supported our students, local community, and research.  

No person, organisation or community was unaffected by coronavirus (Covid-19). Through these uncertain times, students and the local community faced increased hardship. Thank you to everyone who made a difference. 

Throughout the pandemic, Solent University helped those in need: providing vital grants to Solent students; supplies, including PPE, to local NHS Trusts and the local community; and supporting research into the experiences of diverse and multicultural groups.  

Everyone has a role to play in the response to coronavirus. Donations to the Covid-19 Response Fund  made a huge difference, supporting Solent students, the local community and research linked to coronavirus.

Here are some ways Solent has responded so far:

The University is continuing to support all students who need help through its existing hardship funds, which have already been extended in light of the pandemic. We will ensure this support remains available as long as it is needed. However, with your help, we can and will do more. 

To date, we have adapted to our students’ needs including:

  • Helping over 180 students through a hardship fund.

  • Supplying students with food vouchers and grocery deliveries.

  • Awarding laptop grants to ensure access of our online learning packages.

  • Providing extra support to students unable to travel home.

Solent University prides itself on engaging with and being part of the local community.  As a result, our response to the pandemic has been to reach out a helping hand to those in our community in most need.  

You can find out about our local response by visiting our Covid-19 community page.  

Our community support includes: 

  • Donating 400 activity packs to the Radian Good Grub Club at Home initiative.

  • Supporting families with young children to prepare and budget low cost, nutritious meals.  

  • Donating a range of PPE equipment to local NHS trusts.

Research at Solent University is designed to have an impact in ‘the real world’ and to benefit the local communities we are here to serve.

Research areas proposed include:

  • Biomedical research investigating how an over-active immune response could be the cause of some fatalities due to Covid-19.

  • The impact the pandemic is having on exercise in vulnerable communities.

  • The wellbeing of those impacted by isolation due to the virus.

  • Asking respiratory nurses to record their experiences during the pandemic to ensure their voice is heard and is used to guide professional practice and training.

As a university, we will continue to conduct research on Covid-19 and to ensure our findings are used to improve the health and wellbeing of as many people as possible. With your support, we can do more research and make sure the results are shared as widely as possible.

Solent University is an exempt charity under the terms of the Charities Act 2011. Solent University is registered with the Fundraising Regulator.

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