St Anne’s Covid-19 Support Fund

Keith Barnes Quad

Unprecedented times

Life is very different for all of us because of the Covid-19 pandemic. St Anne’s has seen many changes, and we have had to adapt quickly and radically to ensure we can support our College community through these challenging times.

In 2020 we experienced an unprecedented Trinity Term, with all teaching being conducted online and many students stranded in College. Since then, the situation has changed still further, and in a way which will have far-reaching consequences long beyond the removal of Covid restrictions. St Anne’s College has always been committed to widening access to Oxford and becoming ever more diverse and inclusive. In October 2020, following the confusion surrounding the Ofqual algorithm for calculating A-Level grades, we welcomed a cohort of 135 freshers, many from less advantaged backgrounds. 75% of the UK students are state educated, an increase from 67% in 2019. 

This intake was 12% bigger than our usual cohort of 1st year students, at a time when the capacity of College was reduced owing to Covid-19 related requirements designed to protect the whole College community. While we were able to successfully navigate a Michaelmas Term under these conditions, the situation changed again in Hilary Term, with a new lockdown and swiftly shifting guidance putting additional pressure on students and staff alike. Trinity Term saw the relaxation of some restrictions, but also a sharp spike in infections towards the end of term, resulting in many students going into isolation. And, at the same time, our expanded cohort will still be with us for at least a further two years, while the cohort we welcomed in October 2021 is again a larger number of students than usual, all of whom have suffered interrupted schooling for the entirety of their Sixth Form experience.

The impact of these things will continue to be felt at St Anne's and elsewhere for the foreseeable future. We are facing numerous academic, teaching, domestic, welfare and financial challenges, which is why the Covid Fund, while no longer in a state of "emergency", continues to be one of our key fundraising focuses. 

Support a Student

What does the fund support?

The fund exists to help us to respond to the  pandemic and the financial impact it is having on our students and wider College community. The fund will support St Anne’s students who are being affected by the crisis to continue their studies.

"We are all facing an unprecedented challenge as individuals, a nation, a University and a College. At St Anne’s we are doing all we can to help our students through this incredibly difficult time. Your support will help our students and those in the greatest need. We are keenly aware of how fortunate we are to have such a compassionate community of donors and alumnae. Thank you for all you continue to do to make St Anne’s what it is today."
Helen King QPM

Make a difference

We are very grateful for the support shown so far to our fund. However, bringing an enlarged student cohort back to Oxford weeks during a pandemic presents new and immediate challenges for us in some key areas:

  1. Accommodation
  2. Academic support 
  3. Additional student numbers 
  4. Teaching 
  5. Welfare 

"The hardship fund has helped at this difficult time and I really appreciate receiving this help from the college. It certainly helps me focus on what's important right now, which is completing my studies."
St Anne's Postgraduate Student
Fund Recipient

Thank you

Every penny of your donation will go directly towards helping students facing financial, emotional and access challenges as a result of the coronavirus. Students who receive financial support, particularly in these extremely testing times, are far more likely to complete their studies.


We have seen an incredible response from our alumnae, academic, staff, and student communities to help each other though these significant challenges. Together we can pull through these uncertain and worrying times and come out the other side even stronger than before.

Donate today