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Queen’s supply free breakfasts to students

Queen’s University and the Students’ Union will offer free breakfasts this week and next to help alleviate some of the cost-of-living stresses experiences by students.

Over 300 breakfasts including porridge, fruit and cereal bars, will be available to students for three days each week between 8.30-10.30am with support and advice provided for students each morning from the University and the Students’ Union.

Speaking about the initiative, Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer said: “The free breakfasts offered in tandem with the Students’ Union are part of a wider package of measures to ease the cost-of-living pressures on our students.

"The free breakfasts will run for two weeks with plans to follow with up with additional support to students and staff such as access to food to prepare on site across campus.

"Plans are in place to distribute £150 to each student and £400 to those from low-income households at the end of January as part of a £7.9m funding package, and we continue to consider ways we can provide practical support.”

Welcoming the plans, Students’ Union President Emma Murphy said: “'The Students’ Union is delighted to be hosting the free breakfasts, supported by the University. We have been working closely with the University to ensure appropriate interventions are put in place to support students during the Cost-of-Living Crisis and this is just one of the initiatives we have planned over the next few months to mitigate the impact of the crisis on our students.

This includes the one-off payment to all students, announced recently by the University. But as always, more needs to be done and it should not be the responsibility of a Students’ Union or a University to address the huge challenges students are currently facing. Our politicians need to step up and take responsibility as students are once again being failed by our lack of a functioning Executive’.


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