University statement on the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Thursday, 03 March 2022

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We have all been shocked and saddened by the distressing situation in Ukraine, which is affecting many people, including members of the Oxford Brookes community. We share the sentiments of horror which have been expressed by many around the world, and the events which are unfolding are truly devastating. There will be many within our community who are worried about family and friends in the region - our thoughts are with them, with those who are bravely fighting, and with the many thousands of people who are fleeing this war and other conflicts for their own safety and that of their families.

As an educational institution, our priority is to support any staff and students affected. Last week, we wrote to all of our Ukrainian, Belarusian and Russian students to offer support. Many have already been in touch with the International Student Advice Team, and we are doing all we can to help those students with the emotional and financial impact of the conflict.

We have been able to confirm there are no Oxford Brookes students or staff currently on exchange, placement or working in Ukraine. 

We have written to students to remind them that the University’s Wellbeing team is available to support any students who have been affected. Togetherall is also available to all students for 24/7 online support. We have encouraged University staff to speak to their line manager if they are affected, or to seek support via the Employee Assistance Programme

Any student who is experiencing financial hardship can seek financial support through the Financial Aid team. 

We know that many people are keen to support the people of Ukraine at this time. Although the aid and relief effort is in its early stages, you can find out about some of the ways people are helping here.  

A dedicated webpage has also be published which provides information about Oxford Brookes’ response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, as well as advice and support for staff and students impacted.