Student information & FAQsInformation about financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic

The University of Strathclyde is an internationally leading technological University that is committed to being socially progressive.

This year our plans for learning and teaching have been adapted to align with government guidance to keep our student and staff community safe.

During this period the majority of our teaching will be delivered through blended learning, in line with Scottish Government guidance.  Throughout the academic year, we will continue to maintain the highest academic standards, ensuring a high-quality learning and teaching experience for our students. Tuition fees will remain unchanged and further information regarding the University’s support measures is available.

The University recognises that some students are experiencing financial challenges as a result of COVID-19 and has established a dedicated COVID-19 Hardship Fund to support our student community.

The University has also established a COVID-19 Relief Scholarship for returning students, to address individual financial issues, including outstanding and ongoing tuition fee payments.  

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Find out more general advice and guidance on student financial support here.

SAAS and the Student Loans Company plan to pay student loans, grants and bursaries as normal. If you’re returning to study, make sure you've completed you SAAS or student finance application. For more information visit the SAAS website or take a look at the government advice.

If you’re receiving a University/UKRI scholarship and you’re continuing to engage with your course or research remotely, then you’re fulfilling the requirements of your studies and your scholarship will continue. If you are a research student and you are unable to carry on with your research as planned please contact your scholarship administrator and your supervisor.

If you’re funded by another scholarship body, please check any information they have provided to you carefully and contact them if anything is unclear. We know that some overseas government scholarship bodies do not normally support remote or distance learning and we have sought clarification from them that they will make an exception in the current circumstances. If you are concerned and unable to contact your overseas sponsor please contact the Recruitment and International Office for support at:

If you are ill, or self-isolating, check with your employer to confirm their policy regarding sick pay and time off for illness. If you’re not entitled to your normal pay, you may be entitled to Statutory Sick Pay. You should normally claim Statutory Sick Pay through your employer.

If you have lost your job and you are a student parent, student with a disability or a part time student then may be able to claim welfare benefits whilst you study. This is a complex area and will depend on your individual circumstances so please see the Strath Union's Advice hub pages for more information or contact the Strath Union Advice Hub directly.

The Strathclyde Careers Service offers advice and guidance on looking for work. You can also take a look at our current vacancies

International students: Statutory Sick Pay is not regarded as a 'public fund' for immigration purposes so it is possible for international students who meet the eligibility requirements to make a claim. Please note most other welfare benefits are regarded as 'public funds' and students on a Tier 4 visa or any other visa with a 'no recourse to public funds' or 'no public funds' condition should not attempt to claim them. Take a look at a list of public funds.

Benefits payments should be continuing as normal. The Department for Work and Pensions has issued online guidance on Coronavirus and welfare benefits

The University can lend students up to £350 interest free from our Emergency Aid Fund. We can arrange payments to UK bank accounts.

If you need help in meeting your essential living costs or meeting exceptional essential costs you can apply for assistance.

If you'd like to make an application please download a form and email it to us at, along with electronic copies, scans or photos of as many of the supporting documents as you are able to gather. Don't worry if you're not sure which fund to apply to: send us a form and we will consider you for any funds that are appropriate to your situation.