The university has announced a series of measures to help staff and students cope with the rapidly rising cost of living in recent months, as the price of heating, food and other essentials continues to soar.
In a statement, a spokesperson for Queen’s said: “Following the recommendations of a task force made up of Students’ Union, union and staff representatives established last week, the university has agreed to a set of new measures, including single payments to students and staff, particularly aimed at the most deprived.
“A total of 3,600 students from families earning less than £25,000 a year will receive a one-off payment of £400 each, with all other students receiving a one-off payment of £150.
“Academic staff, excluding senior management, will receive payments of between £500 and £750 depending on salary level. The university will also allocate £600,000 to a student support fund focused on international students.
Professor Ian Greer, the university’s Vice-Chancellor, said: “Students and staff are facing a winter of financial uncertainty with rising fuel, mortgage and food bills weighing on heavily on those who need it most.
The University prioritizes the health and well-being of our staff and students and, in consultation with them and union representatives, we have assessed the most effective ways to implement these measures to support the community. of Queen’s during the escalating crisis.
A new £5.7m student funding scheme allocated from university funds – in addition to £2.7m in student support funding provided by the Department of Economics – has been agreed to implement this series of measures.
These new interventions are in addition to our current subsidized approach to Queen’s Sport membership and childcare”.
Professor Greer added: “This package will have a significant impact on the University’s financial outlook for this academic year with £7.69 million reallocated to support these new interventions in addition to growing energy and running costs. . However, the University leadership and the Senate have decided that it is important to act quickly to support our students and staff during the current crisis and to absorb the cost of these new interventions.