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Digital Inclusion

What is this project about?

With teaching and learning moving online due to Covid-19 access to digital resources to support students' studies has never been more important. This campaign seeks to ensure that all students have access to the technology that they need in order to complete their course. Cited by the media and Universities there is a need to bridge the 'digital divide' and that is what this project seeks to work with City's management to do.

What is the purpose of this project?

  • To bridge the digital divide to ensure all students studying at City have access to the technology they need to succeed in their studies (laptops; WiFi; software etc.)

What progress has been made so far?

  • The University launched a 'Studying online' page on Student Hub with information for students on accessing funding and laptops.
  • A simple form to request help with equipment and software was launched by City, you can find the form here: https://cityunilondon.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bvJNGfQCi7B9RqJ
  • City increased the funding pot for their Hardship Fund to enable more students to access money to support their studies.
  • We wrote to Three Mobile, Vodaphone and EE, as well as the Universities Minister Michelle Donelan asking them to give all students access to free mobile data to support studying.
  • The latest update given to the SU shows that at least 393 awards were made to students, which totals around £192,000 worth of technology being provided to students who need it.
  • The Fund is projected to close on 14th of May, so please do make your applications if you haven’t already. You can submit an application here.

Get in touch

If you are interested in hearing more about this work, or want to get involved you can email Ruqaiyah Javaid, VP Education - VPEducation@city.ac.uk