A message from our Sanctuary Champion

Published: 21 February 2023

Friday 24 February 2023 marks one year since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine.

Friday, 24 February 2023 marks one year since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. It is with great sadness that we see the war continue to unfold with untold consequences, and my thoughts are with all those impacted. 

The University of Glasgow is a University of Sanctuary, and I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that we are committed to doing all that we can to support those affected by this tragic war.  Both within our community and with those seeking sanctuary from across the world.

To mark the one-year anniversary of the deplorable invasion of Ukraine, the UK government has announced that the UK will observe a one minute's silence at 11am on 24 February. On the same date, the University of Glasgow will fly the Ukrainian flag on our Gilmorehill campus, and a vigil will be hosted in our Memorial Chapel from 12.30pm-2pm.  This will provide an opportunity for our whole community to come together as an expression of our solidarity with the people of Ukraine and all those impacted. 

The Chapel will be open from 12.30pm for prayer, reflection and candle-lighting.  Sunflower seeds will be planted during the vigil with words and thoughts shared by both students and colleagues.

The University's Ukrainian Student Society will also be marking the day with a series of events and an information stand in the foyer of the James McCune Smith Learning Hub from 9am-2.30pm.

Lastly, thank you to all those who have provided support to Ukraine over the last 12 months, whether by offering advice, seeking donations, hosting events or raising awareness.

I do hope that many of you will be able to participate in the events planned for Friday, 24 February.

Thank you for your continued support.   

Rachel Sandison, Sanctuary Champion and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (External Engagement)

First published: 21 February 2023

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