Our investment in student support explained

This year, an additional £1.9 million has been invested into supporting students throughout the COVID-19 crisis and this challenging academic year, taking the total to almost £6.5 million so far, as well as significant rent changes for those living in University accommodation.

There is also extensive support from Schools, Faculties and the Library which is not included in these figures.

Overall spend on student support

Some of this additional investment has come from the government, while our alumni and supporters also donated an astonishing £1.4 million at the start of the pandemic which has supported a number of these projects.

The chart below shows how the almost £6.5 million total is broken down, and includes both planned spend and additional investment for 2020/21.

Student support, mental health and wellbeing services

Our planned spending on University-wide mental health and wellbeing for this year was £3.8 million. On top of this we have invested an extra £450,000 in staff posts in these services and £101,000 in innovations such as the SafeZone app and our 24/7 mental health helpline.

The chart below shows how the total of £4,331,126 is broken down.

Please note: 'Core running of student support teams' includes both pay and non-pay costs for the core running of the University’s Counselling and Mental Health Service, the Advice and Response team, Disability Advisory Support Services (DASS) and Residential Life (ResLife) teams.

Financial support initiatives

This academic year we had already planned to make available over £700,000 of financial support initiatives, but due to the increased challenges we know many students are facing during the COVID-19 crisis we have so far more than doubled this by investing an additional £716,000 combined with a further £402,000 from the government.

The chart below shows how the total of £1,845,589 is broken down.

Additional IT support

We have also invested an additional £260,000 in IT support for students, including £130,000 to purchase new laptops that are available for loan and £10,000 towards dongles to support those without adequate internet access at home.

The chart below shows how the £260,000 is broken down.

Support services for students

If you're a Manchester student looking to access support, here are some useful resources:

Alternatively, you can explore our full range of resources and services on our Student Support website.