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Statement from the Vice-Chancellor: The University of Suffolk stands with the people of Ukraine

4 Mar 2022 11:45AM

Statement from the Vice-Chancellor: The University of Suffolk stands with the people of Ukraine

We have watched with immense concern and sadness the impact of the Russian Government’s decision to invade Ukraine.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the conflict and we want to show our support and solidarity with the people of Ukraine as they attempt to deal with the dreadful consequences, including those staff and students at Ukrainian universities.

The University of Suffolk is a diverse and inclusive University, which welcomes both students and staff from across the globe.

We are extremely proud to be part of a supportive community, and we know that many of you are deeply concerned about what is happening in Ukraine and are worried about the safety of its people.

We encourage our students and staff to come together to support and respect each other in this time as we look to the future with hope for peace.

Support for Ukrainians

The Home Office has confirmed that Ukrainians who are on work, study or visit visas in the UK will have their visas temporarily extended or be able to switch onto different visa routes.

A referral scheme for Ukrainian nationals on immigration matters has been launched: Ukraine Advice Project UK – Free UK immigration and asylum advice for Ukrainians and their families from qualified lawyers (

We will communicate the latest UK Government travel advice with those who may be affected. If you would like to discuss anything with an advisor from the International team at the University please contact:

Support for University Students and Staff

The University has a range of support services available to you, we are here if you need someone to talk to. You can find helpful information via the Student Services pages on the University of Suffolk website and wellbeing resources on the wellbeing pages of MySuffolk.

Independent, impartial and professional counselling is available to all University of Suffolk students. This support is confidential, enabling you to discuss any problems you may have. We have a multi-faith chaplaincy welcoming both staff and students of all faiths and no faith.

All students also have access to free online CBT wellbeing programmes hosted by SilverCloud. Students can also contact the Students’ Union Advice Service.

You can read the Universities UK statement on Ukraine here:

Prof. Helen Langton

Vice Chancellor

University of Suffolk


University of Suffolk Press Office