The Philosophy Foundation Hardship Fund
In 2016, as part of our mission to support underprivileged philosophy students, we were able to offer a Hardship Fund to four London Universities.
This new dedicated financial resource – The Philosophy Foundation Hardship Fund
– dispursed money to the Philosophy Departments of University College London
(UCL), King’s College London (KCL), the London School of Economics (LSE) and New
College of the Humanities (NCH).
The decision was been taken in response to these Universities concerns about the rise
in Philosophy BA or combined honours students coming to them reporting severe
personal difficulties caused by financial worries.
These include a 370% rise in Philosophy student numbers seeking help from just
one of the four colleges, King’s, in the five years 2010-2015.
Data from the colleges also suggests very high numbers of those tackling the challenge
of a Philosophy degree are already on means-tested full-fee bursaries, which usually
means they lack any chance of emergency financial help from already stretched family
For more on this read the attached press release opposite, and Andy Russell's blog.