The University recognises that the current cost of living crisis impacts us all, but that it affects some staff more than others. There will be times when individuals unexpectedly face severe financial difficulties as a result of a specific issue or incident and are unable to meet their living costs. We want to support staff in that situation.
The Staff Assistance Fund provides employees who find themselves facing financial challenges with the opportunity to apply for a grant from the University to help meet specific costs. The grants will not be repayable.
The Staff Assistance Fund will consider applications that are for specific purposes and not for general requests because of the increase in the cost of living. The grant will be for the amount necessary to meet the specific need (eg. the cost of boiler/car repair, overdue bill, necessary purchase). The Support Available section below provides examples of some of the reasons an application could be made.