Conflict in Ukraine: A statement from the President and Vice-Chancellor
The Russian government’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is of ever-increasing concern as the conflict and human tragedy escalates. Like everyone, l am appalled and deeply distressed. 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.
We have offered support to those students and staff affected and are working to evacuate any in areas of potential conflict. We are in regular contact with government about immediate issues such as visas, support and evacuations and are also considering the longer-term consequences and further ways in which we can support those affected by this terrible conflict. The Disaster Emergencies Committee has also just launched a Ukraine appeal where government is matching any charitable donations.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester
Universities UK says: “The appalling decision of the Russian Government to invade Ukraine, and the consequences of this profoundly disturbing action, will affect many people across the higher education community. We unequivocally condemn the invasion and express our support for Ukrainian universities, staff and students.”
In response to the crisis, UUK are taking these steps. For further information beyond the sector, here is the latest UK government response.
*Senate Statement regarding Conflict in Ukraine: 'As members of the Senate at The University of Manchester we are greatly concerned about the conflict in Ukraine which represents a significant challenge to some of the constitutional values of our university such as humanity, integrity, and academic freedom.
‘We urge commitment to peaceful co-operation, mutual understanding, and tolerance across borders, as invading another country can never be a way to address divergences that may exist between nations. We thus echo international calls for de-escalation, restraint from military action, and peaceful conflict resolution.
‘We also stand in support of the suffering people of Ukraine, together with many others in universities and scholarly organizations across the world who have been affected and protest against the invasion.
‘Finally, we endorse steps being taken to support members of staff and students at The University of Manchester who are directly or indirectly affected by this tragic situation; especially those concerned about families and friends.’
*The Senate plays a key role in the governance of The University of Manchester. Subject to the authority of the Board, it acts as the University’s principal academic authority. Senate is responsible to the Board of Governors for the promotion of research, the regulation and monitoring of standards in teaching, and the regulation of discipline of students of the University.
Support on offer from The University of Manchester:
If you are currently in Russia and need assistance to leave the country, contact the AIG Emergency Helpline on 01273 727416. If you are planning to visit Russia in the next two months, you should cancel your trip immediately. Please also carefully consider any planned trip to neighbouring countries.
Students concerned about the impact of the situation on their mental health and wellbeing can reach out to a range of services – including some that are available 24/7 – through the Student Support website and the Students’ Union Advice Centre. We also have our mitigating circumstances procedure in place for taught students and support for changes of circumstances for Postgraduate researchers, should any student be worried about impact on their studies.
Some students may also be feeling anxious about their finances, particularly if transfer of funds to them from overseas may be delayed. Our Living Cost Support Fund is there to help.
l am appalled and deeply distressed. 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'