Ukraine response

The Russian government’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is of ever-increasing concern as the conflict and human tragedy escalates.

We know that the ongoing war will be especially worrying for our Ukrainian and Russian students and colleagues with family and friends directly caught up in the conflict.

Due to the significant concern in our community and the need to look out for our staff and students, we have set up this hub of information and support.

Our position 

Such aggression and human suffering are never acceptable and are completely incompatible with the values we hold dear, challenging the fundamental principles of freedom, democracy and self-determination which provide the basis for academic freedom and cooperation.

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell / President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester

Read the full statement from our President and Vice-Chancellor and access the Senate's statement on the conflict. 

Universities UK has also released an official statement and you can find their latest announcement on UUKi news

Support for students and staff

The University has a wide range of support resources available during this time. We have written to all Ukrainian, Russian and Belarussian staff and students to let them know about the services they can access. 

We will be updating these pages as further support becomes available.

How you can help 

There are a number of ways you can show your support for those involved in the current conflict, from taking part in events at the Students' Union, to making a donation to the relief efforts.

Find an expert

We have a number of academic staff with expertise in this area who are available to talk to the media.