UKRAINE CRISIS and Support for STUDENTs
Cambridge SU stands in solidarity with those affected by the crisis in Ukraine.
In this section, you can find information about events organised in solidarity and how to support those in need. It also provides details about financial assistance available to Ukrainian and Russian students impacted by the war, as well as welfare support, exam mitigation and where to access further support, such as links to immigration advice, etc. Click on the sub-heading to be taken straight to that section:
Published: 24th February 2022
Your SU Sabbatical Team
We are horrified by recent developments in Ukraine and want to assure Ukrainian students that we stand with them at this dangerous and uncertain time. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a violation of the sovereignty of the Ukrainian people; we condemn this brazen act of imperialism and the human suffering it will bring. Our thoughts are with the forty people whose lives have already been claimed by this act of war, and all those who will be affected if this crisis continues to escalate.
As a Students’ Union, our priority is ensuring the safety of our student community. We would encourage anyone in need of support to get in touch with our Students Advice Service to receive confidential, free and impartial advice. Our team of trained advisors will do their absolute best to help in any way they are able to.
For those looking to show active solidarity, we would encourage you to attend the protest organised by Cambridge University Ukrainian Society at 6pm today (Thursday 24th February) on King’s Parade (facebook.com/events/287592403476633). This will be a chance to learn more about the practical ways we can support the Ukrainian community, but for those unable to attend, we will be creating a resource bank for more information and ways to donate to those impacted by war directly.
We are meeting with Cambridge University Ukrainian Society tomorrow to agree on common action we can take to support those affected.
HOW CAMBRIDGE SU IS HELPING
The Cambridge SU Lounge is open for bookings in support of activities to help those affected by the crisis. Information about room bookings can be found here.
The Cambridge University Ukrainian Society hosts regular #StandWithUkraine solidarity gatherings on Kings Parade which are generally promoted on their Facebook page. A list of upcoming events can be found here.
You can also check out the What's On section of our website for upcoming events. Some of these events provide an opportunity to help raise funds in support of those in need and affected by the war.
For students affected by what's happening in Ukraine, the Student Advice Service can provide a safe space where you can talk about your concerns and the impact of the war on you and your loved ones. We can offer a listening ear, as well as practical guidance on academic and finance options or where to access wellbeing support.
To arrange an appointment to speak to an Advisor you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our website contact form. Appointments are currently conducted over the phone or via video call. We are also happy to communicate by email.
The University has created The war on Ukraine webpage which provides information on the war including helpful resources for staff and students.
Some of the information you can access on this page includes:
This section details events organised by the University in solidarity with the people affected by the war and comments from experts on the crisis; including Bridget Kendall, Master of Peterhouse, discussing her encounters with the man behind Russia's horrifying war on Ukraine and a video on understanding the war against Ukraine in which Dr Rory Finnin, Associate Professor of Ukrainian Studies, offers his perspective on unfolding events in a volatile and geopolitically pivotal part of the world.
This section includes information on exams mitigation measures, financial and wellbeing support, as well as travel.
The University Special Hardship Fund is available for students from Ukraine and Russia who have been affected financially by the crisis in Ukraine. Further details on this fund can be accessed here.
This section includes links to organisations that receive donations to help those affected by the war on Ukraine.
The University is also collecting monetary gifts for a Ukrainian Conflict Student Hardship Fund. Donations can be made here. Some Colleges are setting up their own fundraising campaigns. To find out more you should contact your College.
UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA)
published: 2nd March 2022
On this page, you can access further information, advice and support from other services and organisations such as:
They offer free UK immigration advice for people fleeing Ukraine. This information is available in English, Ukrainian, Russian and Polish.
This is a guide to the UK immigration and asylum system
This webpage provides information to those travelling from Ukraine to the UK on what they might want to consider before travelling such as applying for a visa, arriving, living and working in the UK, access to the healthcare system and driving in the UK.
Here you can register your interest to offer a home for Ukraine refugees.
This provides a summary of the scheme, information on the application to become a sponsor and the matching process, what counts as 'suitable accommodation', post-arrival and what happens after six months, things to consider if you are thinking to sponsor somebody, information for Ukrainian guests and how Asylum Welcome can help.