Ukraine response

Our University community has, like many, watched with horror as the Russian Government’s invasion of Ukraine has escalated.  

Our President and Vice-Chancellor, Nishan Canagarajah, issued a public statement condemning the Kremlin’s actions and offering support to the people of Ukraine, and our staff, students, and peers affected by the situation. 

We’re following advice from Universities UK and the Government to maximise our support in the most effective way. 

For all Ukraine related enquiries please email

Supporting our community 

Since the crisis started, we have responded swiftly and compassionately building on our legacy of a heritage of kindness.

As Citizens of Change, both internally and externally, we continue to support those affected by both the conflict in Ukraine and other areas:

  • Working with University staff and student volunteers ready to support incoming new arrivals, including creation of welcome pack with practical guidance about living in the UK. If you are interested in helping please email
  • Providing English language and teacher training opportunities to those affected by the invasion.
  • In collaboration with Citizens UK and their strategic partners – LiFE Multi-Academy Trust and the Diocese of Leicester – to coordinate an effective local response.
  • Working with Council for At-Risk Academics and with a strategic group of universities to welcome academics.
  • Ongoing liaison with students and staff from Ukraine, Russia, Belarus, and surrounding countries, offering specific advice around financial hardship, temporary accommodation, visas and wellbeing.
  • Adapting our  Bright Path Futures project – which has been assisting Afghan refugees in Leicester and working with British Red Cross and the Home Office – to support Ukrainian refugees. It is part of our University of Sanctuary programme.
  • Organising fundraising for various projects to support Ukraine.
  • Working with Ukrainian universities as part of the twinning initiative
  • Offering scholarships to support those affected.
  • We are continuing to develop ways of supporting those affected by the conflict, regardless of nationality, through our distance learning programmes.

Uncertainty and anxiety caused by world conflict and events can occur at any time, to anyone, and so we have ensured all staff and students have been signposted to relevant resources. 

Our support includes: 

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