Support for Ukraine – university to end all formal links with Russia

Thursday, 10 March 2022
The University of Nottingham condemns the actions of the Russian government in the strongest possible terms. As a university, we are bound by the values of human rights, democracy and international law that are currently being violated by the Russian government’s aggression in Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and call on the government of Russia to desist its invasion and the violation of the human rights of civilians in the country.

The University Executive Board has determined that the University of Nottingham will end all formal links with universities in Russia, including current research projects, bilateral agreements, memoranda of understanding and any projects currently under development.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Shearer West said:

“The University is taking this unprecedented step in response to the Russian government’s invasion of Ukraine. Academic links between universities across the globe can be vital in promoting peace and understanding, and many Russian scholars and students will oppose this war.

“However, I am deeply concerned by the statement issued by the Russian Rector’s Union which offers its universities’ unequivocal support for the invasion of Ukraine – you can read a translation here. I am also mindful of the decision by the European Commission to suspend co-operation with Russian entities in research, science and innovation. Germany, Denmark, the Netherlands, Latvia and Lithuania have independently suspended academic cooperation with Russia.”

Humanitarian support

As well as ending formal links with universities in Russia, the university is exploring how we can enable students and postgraduate researchers from Ukraine to study with us in the UK and for affected academic staff to continue their research, either via the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) or possibly our own scheme.

The university is actively looking to repurpose unused buildings to provide Ukrainian refugees with accommodation and support under the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme. The Veterinary School is also part of a network of UK vet schools acting as regional hubs to collect medicines, bandages, and humanitarian aid for Ukraine.

The university has contacted staff and students in our community who are directly impacted by recent events to offer support for their wellbeing and to alleviate the undoubted pressures on them at this time. We would ask that all staff and students continue to follow our shared values of inclusivity and respect for anyone who is affected.

Support for staff and students

Students can contact our Support and Wellbeing Service for support with their mental health and wellbeing, either on their own behalf or if they are worried about another student. The Home Office has confirmed that Ukrainians who are on study visas in the UK will have their visas temporarily extended or be able to switch onto different visa routes. Full details are available here. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the financial support team via an online appointment or call 0115 823 2071.

The Employee Hub gives staff access to our employee assistance programme providing free confidential support, over the telephone (0808 168 2143) or on-line 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Please also speak to your line manager about any other support or flexibility you may require.

Charity appeals

Should you wish to donate to organisations that are currently providing humanitarian support in Ukraine:

  • The British Red Cross is working to support people in Ukraine. Donations to the Red Cross go towards food, water, first aid, medicines, warm clothes and shelter.
  • UNICEF is working across eastern Ukraine to deliver life-saving programmes for children as well as deliver safe drinking water.
  • The UNHCR is working with local authorities and other partners in Ukraine to provide humanitarian assistance for refugees.

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