By Keziah Smith
The Chancellor of Durham University, Sir Thomas Allen, has launched an appeal to raise money for a Covid-19 recovery fund to provide financial assistance for staff, students and alumni who have been most affected by the pandemic.
The money raised will assist four key initiatives, the first being to provide bursaries for students whose families and finances have been most impacted by Coronavirus, in order to ensure that they can continue their studies at Durham University.
The second initiative is to provide financial support for key workers and children of NHS workers, easing their transition into University life.
The third initiative will provide research grants to researchers in key Covid-19 recovery fields, helping to revitalise society and the economy.
Finally, the fourth initiative will provide career development funds for the Durham graduates of 2020 as they enter one of the most volatile job markets in a generation.
In his message, the Chancellor stated that the recovery fund furthers Durham’s mission to “inspire the Extraordinary,” whilst revealing his pride for the students who have worked in recent months to combat the pandemic.
The donations will support those who face severe financial difficulty as a result of the pandemic as, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies, national income fell by an average of 20% in April alone.
Despite acknowledging that the University is unable to shield its students from the current environment of uncertainty, Allen aims to assist students as they continue their Durham journey and enter the alumni community.
Sir Thomas Allen succeeded Bill Bryson as Chancellor of Durham University in October, 2011. He is considered one of the best operatic baritones of the late twentieth century.
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