Students affected by the COVID-19 pandemic need you


Through your bond with the University of Aberdeen, you are part of a family that goes back 525 years. Sadly, due to the devastating ongoing pandemic, many of our current students are facing severe financial hardship.

But as we face uncertainty in the days, weeks, and months ahead, we are sure of one thing - the University of Aberdeen family cares.

Before the pandemic, our alumni and friends have shown unfailing support to the University through important volunteering roles and generous gifts.

But the support you are showing the Aberdeen Family now, when you have so much to contend with yourself, is truly heart-warming.

This is why we have set up the COVID-19 525 Bursary Fund.

A gift to the COVID-19 525 Bursary Fund will help a student who has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Plus, if you give today, your donation will be matched thanks to an incredible legacy* gift, making an even bigger difference!

Your support for the COVID-19 525 Bursary Fund will cover emergency financial needs like:

  • Many are finding it harder than ever to make ends meet as their part-time jobs have disappeared, yet they still have bills and rent to pay. 
  • Those who also rely on their family for support may be gravely affected by loss of family income, including students undertaking important medical research.
  • Many international students find themselves confined to halls and unable to return home to their family.
  • Others struggle to join online learning due to a lack of equipment or a poor internet connection.
  • Students from disadvantaged backgrounds may be unable to join us in September without savings from their summer jobs.

2020 marks the University of Aberdeen's 525th anniversary, one of the most challenging in the University's history. But we want to make our 525th anniversary a positive one by coming together to support students affected by the recent pandemic, and creating the COVID-19 525 Bursary Fund. Your support will help even more students in need.

In 1495, our foundational purpose was to be "open to all and dedicated to the pursuit of truth in the service of others". We are committed to upholding this principle throughout these challenging times. In the weeks ahead we will be working hard to ensure that all students have the support they need and that no one is disadvantaged. But, we can do more with your generous support.

Please make a gift today to help a student receive the funds they need. Remember, any gift you give will be matched thanks to a generous legacy* donation.


Thank you. Please stay well. 

*This wonderful legacy will match all gifts up to a total of £50,000. Your generous gift will be matched based on its value without Gift Aid applied.