These are unprecedented times. Trinity Hall has survived many difficulties during its history, but the nature of the disruption arising from the pandemic, combined with the size, diversity and needs of our students, pose unique challenges.
Help us support students facing unexpected financial challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic
We are providing grants from existing student support funds to help our undergraduates and postgraduates with immediate, unexpected hardship wherever possible. The need is growing and students will continue to require support in the coming months. We are mindful that this is a difficult time, but we are reaching out to all those who may be able to partner with us to help provide support for Trinity Hall students.
A number of students faced unexpected expenses travelling home. Others saw their financial situation drastically changed as a result of the pandemic. There are postgraduates who are concerned about the implications on the duration and cost of their research degree.
“When COVID-19 hit, within a week my savings all but disappeared, taking with them my ability to pay for large expenses, such as my fees, and daily ones, such as grocery and housing. Had it not been for the Cambridge Hardship Fund, as well as the considerate, caring and hardworking people at Trinity Hall, I don’t know how I would have made it through these difficult times.” Current PhD student
“I needed to pay for an international flight, costs of moving all my belongings, a place to self-isolate when I returned to my home country, and then a new place to live while still having to pay rent in Cambridge. In a matter of days I found my savings completely gone. This was a huge added stress on top of just trying to make it home. The quick response by the college and their recognition of the hardship that postgraduate students were in, made me feel like I would be able to make it through the next few months. The financial support has allowed me to resettle in my home country and restart on my academic work without a much reduced level of anxiety. I am immensely thankful for all the support the college has given me.”
“In light of the COVID-19 crisis, an unanticipated journey home is no trivial feat. I am very grateful for receiving the hardship fund, as it has enabled me to be with my family and loved ones during these unprecedented times, which would not be possible otherwise.”
We know of students who face challenges trying to remote study effectively. They are concerned about having a desk space in a home where they are looking after siblings and vulnerable members of their family. At this uncertain time, the College’s mental health team is seeing greater levels of anxiety amongst students with regards to their studies. Meanwhile, the College Nurse is extremely busy caring for those in residence and self-isolating.
While the majority of our students are not in residence, our mission and commitment to them remains: to provide the fullest possible education, to give continuity and offer pastoral support.
The economic impact of the health crisis means our existing endowed funds for student support are under pressure. There has also been a significant six-figure impact on income from conferencing. We were unable to hold our telethon during the Easter Vacation, which normally provides much-needed donations for student hardship every year.
You can work with us to provide the help students need in these extraordinary circumstances. Any donation of any size that you can give will make a huge difference. Your gift can help ensure that Trinity Hall students are freed from overwhelming concerns about money, and that they have the resources they need to continue with their degree.
We are most grateful for the support of alumni and friends, which enables us to help those students whose need is greatest. Thank you.
Take a seat and help with our refurbishment programme
As part of the refurbishment of the Dining Hall in 2013-14, the benches were replaced by new chairs. We are offering members of the College a unique opportunity to name a chair, for themselves or a loved one, in one of the oldest dining halls in Cambridge.
These chairs are constructed of European Oak and have been designed and made by distinguished furniture designer Luke Hughes.
For a donation of £1,000 (net) an inscription can be placed on a brass disc, 31mm diameter, on the back of the chair. This provides an opportunity to mark a special occasion or to remember a loved one in memoriam for years to come. Donors will also be invited to a lunch or dinner in the Dining Hall as a thank you, when you have the honour of sitting on ‘your’ chair for that occasion. The donation covers the cost of the chair and will also contribute towards much-needed refurbishment of the College’s buildings on the main site.
Inscriptions are limited to a number of characters and we request that they include names and dates only. There are a limited number of chairs and inscriptions will be offered on a first come first served basis.