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Statement on student led crowd-funding campaign

The Students’ Union is excited to announce that after discussions with the University, the University has agreed to match the money raised by a student led crowd funding campaign to pay fees for a student with serious health conditions, currently just over £10,000. The money will come from the Sussex Fund, supported thanks to the generosity of Sussex alumni and friends.
 
Luqman is a student in the Global Political Economy M.A. programme at Sussex University. However, he has been denied access to the normal ways of funding postgraduate study as a result of his immigration status. Students at Sussex have launched a crowd funding campaign to raise the £10k needed to allow Luqman to pay his fees to complete his studies.
 
Luqman returned to University in order to have something to focus on, and to improve his health. Luqman’s mental health team thought returning to education could help facilitate Luqman’s healing process, as they saw that it is his passion. 
 
The crowd funding campaign has seen overwhelming support for Luqman – currently having received a substantial number of pledges. With one final push we hope we will be able to ensure Luqman can complete his studies here at Sussex.
 
Michael Segalov, Communications Officer, who has negotiated this agreement said: ‘I am extremely proud of the Sussex students and staff who have supported throughout this difficult time. Whilst it’s such a shame that the University have taken so long to see the right thing to do, I am pleased that that as an institution we are doing the right thing in the end. The Students’ Union, and the campaign group will now able to support Luqman in focussing on his studies, and improving his health. We still need a final push on donations, so please support in any way you can.’
 
Luqman Onikosi said: ‘It’s thanks to the students and staff at Sussex who have supported me throughout this difficult time, and to the Students’ Union who have negotiated with the university to get this agreement. I love this university and everyone inside of it, and I’m relieved to be getting back to my studies and my life! Thank you all.’
 
 

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