The violence and loss of life that has affected innocent people in Israel and Gaza since 7 October 2023 is truly heart-breaking.
We understand the conflict is of great concern to our University community, particularly those with friends, family or close ties to the region, and we express our sympathy for all those now caught up in the escalating conflict.
In these very difficult times, when emotions are understandably running high, it is never more important to hold on to our values of mutual understanding and tolerance towards each other.
All forms of racism, antisemitism, Islamophobia, discrimination, and abuse have no place within our community.
We all watch with horror at the terrible situation in Israel and Gaza. The violence and loss of life that is affecting innocent people in the region is truly heart-breaking. We are aware of the deep distress and concern that this terrible situation is causing. Our hope is that peace will soon be restored to the region. This is a time for mutual respect and understanding in our community.Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell / President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester
Wellbeing support for students and staff
The University has a wide range of support resources available during this time.
- The Counselling and Mental Health Service is available for all of our students, along with our 24-hour mental health helpline and wellbeing app.
- Additional support services are detailed on our Student Support page.
- Wellbeing support for our colleagues is accessible through our Wellbeing StaffNet resources and our Employee Assistance Programme Health Hero, where you can gain 24/7 access to counselling and support.
- Our Multi Faith Chaplaincy welcomes people of all faiths and none.
- SafeZone is a mobile app designed to help keep you safe and give you peace of mind across all university campuses in the city.
Report and support
- Both the University’s Report and Support Team and the Students’ Union Advice Centre have trained advisors ready to provide support if you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed any form of hate, or has a safeguarding concern.
- If you would prefer to speak to someone outside of the University, Tell MAMA is an independent organisation that supports victims of Islamophobia and anti-Muslim hate. CST is an independent organisation that supports victims of anti-Semitic hatred, harassment or bias.
- In addition to our own efforts, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) are actively meeting with all Jewish and Muslim centres in the city to offer help and added reassurance. Students and staff can also report any incidents or concerns via the GMP website.
How you can help
Staff and students may wish to donate to Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) member charities that have launched appeals to help civilians affected by the violence.