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Situation in Ukraine

Following the horrific scenes in Ukraine over the past two weeks, we at London Higher, and at our forty member institutions across London, wanted to send a message of solidarity to all university staff, students and academics affected by this ongoing crisis.

As a community, we are appalled by the events being carried out in Ukraine, and we continue to look for practical ways to support Ukrainian universities now and in the future, in partnership with our counterparts around the world.

Across London, universities are facilitating opportunities for their communities – local, national and international – to come together to support each other and share their views respectfully, through activity on campus and other means.

Our members are also offering enhanced support though their student wellbeing teams, as well as their extenuating circumstances policies. Any staff member or student who is affected is able to contact their institution’s wellbeing team, who will be able to support them.

Useful links

GLA: Advice on the Ukrainian crisis 

Office for students Information for providers on the Ukrainian crisis 

UK government advice: Ukraine: what you can do to help

UK Government Homes for Ukraine Scheme (UK)

Houses for Ukraine (EU scheme)

Statements from members

Birkbeck, University of London*

Brunel University

City, University of London

Goldsmiths University

Imperial College London

London Metropolitan University

London School of Economics and Political Science*

London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine*

University of Greenwich

University of London

SOAS, University of London*

Royal Holloway, University of London*

University of Westminster

University College London*

University of East London

Support for students and community

Support and advice for members of the Brunel University London community

Goldsmiths University, London Wellbeing advice for students in the Goldsmiths community

London School of Economics and Political Science*

Royal Holloway, University of London*

University of Westminster

Middlesex University Ukrainian war appeal

UCL fellowship scheme 

St Mary’s University, Twickenham Postgraduate Scholarships 

Visa and Immigration support

The UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals page on GOV.UK is kept up to date with all the support and information for Ukrainian nationals and their family members. Check this page for up to date information.

The Ukraine Family Scheme allows family members of British nationals, UK settled persons and certain others to come to or stay in the UK.

A Ukrainian Family Scheme factsheet is available on GOV.UK in English and Ukrainian.

The Homes for Ukraine scheme allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety including those with no family ties. Phase one of the scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property.

Ukrainian nationals in the UK with an existing visa, are able to extend their stay by extending their visa or switching to another immigration route, where eligible, even if their visa does not normally allow them to do so.

There is a cross department GOV.UK Russian invasion of Ukraine: UK government response page which provides up to date announcements

Keep checking the UK visa support for Ukrainian Nationals page for updated information