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University of Edinburgh Launches Student Fund

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The University of Edinburgh has committed to spending money saved due to recent industrial action on improving the student experience.

The Student Opportunity Fund has been established by the university to support those most impacted by the 2018 UCU industrial action, with principal Peter Mathieson committing to investing the money not spent on salaries due to the strike, on the student experience.

The university will invest £1.1 million into the fund, which will provide grants to students most impacted by the industrial action who wish to pursue further learning opportunities.

Those defined as most impacted by the industrial action include undergraduate and postgraduate students who lost 10% or more of their teaching time in semester two during 2017-18. It is estimated that as many as 5,000 students could be eligible to apply.

Those looking to benefit from the fund will be asked to apply, with payments of up to £250 being made on a first come, first served basis.

Any funds paid can be used to pay for learning opportunities, including conferences, workshops, short courses, online courses, research visits, and part-payment of longer learning opportunities.

The fund will open on 21 June 2018 and will remain open until all the money is spent or 30 Jun 2019, whichever is sooner. Any remaining money will be put towards funds aimed at benefiting the wider student community.