Staff Covid-19 Hardship Fund

The outbreak has presented the University with a significant challenge. The University is doing all it can to mitigate the impact of the pandemic on academic performance and our students’ and staff well-being. 

The University has a hardship fund, the Littlemore Trust, and in recognition that Covid-19 has had a significant financial impact on some households a new fund has been created to allow colleagues/friends and donors to contribute.

Applications should come from the Head of Administration and Finance from the employing department who will apply on behalf of the member of staff.  Applicants may write directly but a letter of support will still be required from the Head of Administration and Finance.

Requests for assistance for university pensioners should be referred by the University's Pensioners' Welfare Officer; Marie Hough at or call 01865 616203.

Applications to the fund should be emailed to, and must include the following details:

  • Name;
  • Employing department;
  • Grade and salary including length of service;
  • Income and expenditure details;
  • Sufficient detail to support the application and whether financial hardship has been demonstrated.

It is helpful if a specific requirement can be identified, for example: loss of earnings due to Covid-19, the cost of debt, etc. That may be resolved through a grant or, occasionally, an interest free loan, recoverable from the applicants salary in equal instalments over a period of approximately 12 months. 

It is also helpful if the applicant is able to indicate whether there is any source of funding to which they may be eligible to apply and to confirm that any eligibility for state benefits has been explored.

For more information and support for staff related to coronavirus, please visit Covid-19 resources to support homeworking and wellbeing.