The Welsh Government has today announced an extra £10 million investment into Universities and Students’ Unions to increase the support services for their students. These funds will help to bolster the student mental health services, financial hardship funds, advice services for self-isolating students and support for vulnerable students.
The Welsh Government has recognised the important role that the Students Unions have played in providing support during the pandemic and will continue to do so of the remainder of the academic year.
Midhun Pavuluri, President at Cardiff Met SU in response to the announced said
“It has been great to hear that SU's and Universities across Wales will receive additional funding from the Welsh Government and that it recognizes the vital work undertaken by Students' Union. As an SU we support our students tirelessly in many areas, including health and well-being and advice and representation. We will now work with our colleagues within the University to ensure that these funds are utilised for the benefit of students at Cardiff Met.”
The funding has been allocated to:
- Increase capacity in Students’ Unions and Universities for the provision of advice and support services;
- Provide further support for learning to those with disabilities, those with caring responsibilities and to help address digital poverty;
- Improve support and services, including food services, for students required to self-isolate;
- Create additional funding for students in financial hardship;
- Create additional investment in mental health and well-being strategies
- Extend Universities’ contracted services with providers of mental health support.