Student Emergency Fund

In 2020 the Swinburne community has rallied to support students facing hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In just a couple of months, over 2,500 students have received critical financial assistance through the Student Emergency Fund. The overwhelming support from the global Swinburne community has been truly unprecedented and life changing for vulnerable students living away from home and struggling with limited employment and loss of income in this challenging time.

Our alumni, staff, donors and friends of the university shared their messages of encouragement and kind wishes with our students. You can also share a message of support.

Your messages of support:

Just a short note to let you all know that there are a large number of the Swinburne University of Technology's graduates/postgraduates deeply concerned about your status and do not leave you alone in these very difficult moments. Be strong, resilient, and hopeful. 
- Dr Manoucher Pajouhesh-Kia, Australia

We are with you! 
- Tim Binstead, Australia

It is a difficult time but try to stay positive, together we can support each other and get through this crisis. 
- Laurie and Olga Pole, Australia

Dear students, we know that life can be tough for you right now and are working to help you financially. We value you and hope you can stay with us for as long as you had planned. Remember to ask for help when you need it. Take care. 
- Sue, Swinburne English Language teacher, Australia

Conditions should soon improve, keep doing the online based work as best as you can and be prepared to quickly catch up when the current circumstances improve! 
- Dr Dimitris Tsolakis, Swinburne sessional lecturer, Australia

Dear Swinburne students, hang in there! Better days are coming. You will rise above and beyond all this one day. Don’t let today affect your worthiness in any way. I am sure a way will come around to help you with everything you need. Don’t lose hope! Hope is everything! I hope you and your friends and family are doing safe! A grateful Swinburne alumni! 
- Vijeta Ahuja, India

How tragic the current pandemic presents, particularly more so for our international students; our thoughts are with you during this difficult time. If we can encourage you with one thing, keep pressing on, Swinburne is profound for their supportive approach. I know they are working tirelessly, more than ever to assist you in this. Prayers and hopes for you to continue through, no matter what happens, there is light at the end of all this. 
- Genevieve, Australia

I know this is a difficult time for many of you, and hopefully this support will makes things a bit easier. 
- Swinburne staff member, Australia

I hope this will help. Please let your students know that others are thinking of them. 
- John Pritchard, Australia

Please take good care during this difficult Covid time. 
- Kuan Hou Lim, Singapore

I am sharing your pain and we will rise together. 
- Tran Lam, Australia

I have fond memories of study, getting by on a part time job working Saturdays. Can empathise when this avenue isn't available. Hope the small token I've donated helps. 
- Callan Payne, Australia

Hang in there, guys. Hope all this will all be over soon and stay safe! 
- Joe Tran, Australia

Don't give up – your education is the foundation of everything to come. Stick through this, things are looking up! 
- Frank Schaefer, Germany

Keep up the great work and stay at school to make this world a better place! Love you all! 
- Amir Shahi, Australia

Hi everyone, I know how hard your situation is and I strongly believe that everything is getting back to normal soon. I hope I could be able to help more. 
- Shahrzad Khatibzadeh, Australia

No matter how tough it gets, you can be even tougher. 
- Peter Boyce, Australia

We will all get through this together...you're not alone. 
- Swinburne community member, Australia

Hang in there. It will be ok soon. 
- Naroumol, Hong Kong

We'll go through this, hang in there! 
- Tasio Garcia, United States of America

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO,
Former Vice-Chancellor and President

The Student Emergency Fund is a lifeline for our students who, regardless of financial circumstance, deserve a world-class education.

Professor Linda Kristjanson AO, Former Vice-Chancellor and President