A statement from our Principal

Published: 2 March 2022

The University of Glasgow stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine

The continuing conflict in Ukraine remains deeply troubling, and our thoughts remain with those affected. I know that shock and sadness is being felt across our community, and I wish to make clear that the University of Glasgow stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and those that denounce the actions of the Government of the Russian Federation.

As an organisation, our response has been on many levels. 

We have collaborated with The Guild of Research-Intensive Universities and CIVIS, our European University Alliance, in publishing collective statements. These statements are clear that we are prepared to speak out in defence of democracy, freedom and human rights. 

Our top priority has been the safety and wellbeing of our student and staff communities, both here and overseas. We have helped students who were studying in Ukraine and Russia to return home and have offered support and assistance to Ukrainian and Russian students and colleagues here in Glasgow. 

The UK Government has announced new visa concessions for Ukrainian nationals and our Student Support and People and Organisational Development teams have been in touch to highlight these. 

We are offering financial support to students who are affected by the crisis and more details will be issued very soon. We also understand that the situation is likely to impact directly on students’ studies, in which case Advisers of Studies are ready to explain how to utilise Good Cause and other supportive measures. 

As an institution we will do everything in our power to support those seeking asylum. To this end, we have made a further commitment to supporting the work of Cara [Council for At Risk Academics] and will welcome and support those affected by the conflict wherever possible.  

We also continue to engage across the UK higher education sector and with the Scottish Government, to explore collaborative action. 

 took place at our Memorial Chapel on Wednesday 2 March. 

As this remains an emergency situation, we are committed to continuing to support those affected and to taking further action in the future as required. 

First published: 2 March 2022

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