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The UWE Bristol Fund provides hardship grants for students facing severe financial difficulty and funding for extra-curricular activities through student experience grants.

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Coronavirus Emergency Fund

The Covid-19 pandemic is severely impacting students. Some will face significantly increased adversity during this unpredictable time.

We’ve created an Emergency Fund to help students who are struggling with financial hardship during the outbreak. We want to ensure that no student has to sacrifice their studies and give up their hopes for the future.

Donations made to the Emergency Fund during the pandemic will support students with the costly demands of the new virtual learning environment such as laptops or specialist equipment.

We aim to support as many students as possible, but it’s only thanks to donations from alumni, staff and friends of the University that we can.

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"We’ve put this scheme in place to meet a level of demand for IT hardware that has taken us by surprise. The closure of campus facilities is unprecedented and highlights just how many students have relied on round-the-clock access for their IT needs."

Head of Student Money Service, UWE Bristol

Head of Student Money Service UWE Bristol

Student Experience Grant

Thanks to the support of alumni, staff and friends of the University we have also been able to award over £15,000 in Student Experience Grants during the last academic year, helping to offer the best possible experience to our students during their time with us.

Some grants have supported the purchase of equipment to enable clubs and societies to compete locally and internationally. Others have helped student groups to come together to run events that help broaden the overall student experience and develop crucial skills that help students to excel once they leave UWE Bristol.

"The funding had a massive impact on our ability to run the trip. Without it, we would have had to attach a price tag, meaning not everyone would have been able to make it."

Student Experience Fund recipient, Law Society
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Student Experience Fund recipient Law Society

Thanks to a grant from the UWE Bristol Fund, 50 students from the UWE Law Society visited the Houses of Parliament, Royal Courts of Justice and the Old Bailey. Funding provided an opportunity for them to experience the legal world in action and learn how our institutions works to inspire interest in their chosen legal, or non-legal career.

Without the generous support of our alumni, this informative and educational trip would not have taken place and students involved would not have gained this invaluable experience that will shape them into the professionals of the future.

"It has made our goal to one day take a tap team to competitions across the country a whole lot closer. Thank you from all of UWE Dance!"

Olivia Judge, UWE Dance President
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Olivia Judge UWE Dance President

The UWE Bristol Dance Society received a Student Experience Grant to purchase a portable and packable dance floor. The floor has enabled the Dance Society to recruit more members, train more effectively and enter national competitions to represent the University.

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"It helped us get an amazing and inspiring local poet who helped us explore our hijabs in ways we had never thought possible."

Saharla, BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sociology
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Saharla BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sociology

Saharla, currently on placement for her BSc(Hons) Psychology with Sociology degree, secured a Student Experience Grant from the UWE Bristol Fund for her project, the ‘Hijabi Monologues’.

The Student Experience Grant enabled Saharla to bring in local poet, Shagufta Iqbal, to run a workshop with a group of Muslim women students at Hamilton House, Stokes Croft, where they explored their identities and relationships with their Hijabs through poetry as part of International Women’s Week.

The project culminated with a live performance of the monologues by the students involved. The performance took place at Frenchay Campus in front of an audience which helped boost the students’ confidence, develop their own communication skills, and challenge attitudes surrounding the significance of the Hijab to different women and the intersections of a diverse range of identities.

Giving Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) students a platform to voice their opinions and getting the wider student population to understand more about their fellow course mates is crucial if we are to be able to spread positive messages of inclusiveness.

Saharla is now planning ‘Hijabi Monologues’ as workshops to provide a safe space for Muslim women to explore and learn about their identities in innovative and creative ways.

"Without the support of the UWE Bristol Fund I wouldn’t have been able to make the daily commute much safer and inspiring for so many people."

Zoë, MA Printmaking
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Zoë MA Printmaking

MA Printmaking alum Zoë, who graduated in 2018, applied for a Student Experience Grant from the UWE Bristol Fund to build her light-up mural ‘Electric Moon’.

When Zoë was a student at UWE Bristol, she often travelled to and from the University in total darkness. Festival Way - a main commuting route for cyclists and pedestrians to the city campus - was completely unlit which made it a daunting route for many, particularly in the dark winter months.

After seeing cyclists and pedestrians collide, as well as feeling uncomfortable herself about her journey to Bower Ashton, Zoë approached the University with an idea - to light up the path with an art installation that would make students and staff feel safer and more comfortable on their daily commute.

Made with waterproof LED tape, the glow of the moons flood the entire path and uses less power than conventional street lighting, meaning it has a smaller impact on the environment. The 3D wooden eyes, slightly set back from the faces of the moons, give the illusion of movement, following the viewer as they move down the path.

Watch how Electric Moon was created