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War in Ukraine 

How our community is helping

As a community, we have come together to respond to need in a number of ways, from student-led vigils and fund-raising activities through to the deployment of relevant academic expertise and the provision of institutional humanitarian support. 

Events and initiatives 

We know that many students, colleagues and members of our wider community are providing active support for those who are suffering as a result of the conflict and that many want to help in practical ways.  

You can find details of the events and initiatives to support Ukrainian refugees and the country’s people organised by our staff and students on a dedicated section of the Ukraine web pages.  

We would urge anyone considering travelling to those countries to deliver aid in a personal capacity to check the UK Government’s foreign travel advice beforehand to ensure that it is safe to do so. We would also suggest regularly checking travel advice throughout the duration of any trip.    

Employment and study opportunities for Ukrainians  

Our work with the the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) fellowships continues. CARA supports academic fellowships for those who are at risk in their home country which includes, but is not limited to, Ukraine. We will commit to funding additional fellowships on an ongoing basis, taking the number of CARA fellowships we offer to six per annum. Fellows will be given accommodation and support throughout their stay.   

Along with Durham County Council and the Department for Work and Pensions, we are exploring the possibilities of offering individuals from conflict-affected countries opportunities to apply for employment with us.  

And we are working through a proposal for offering studentships to those fleeing conflict-affected countries, to enable them to finish their studies at Durham.  

We are also part of a scheme providing access to library resources to Ukrainian Higher Education institutions. Rapid ILL, which was developed to support access to resources during Covid, has been made available to help support the academic community in Ukraine.   

‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme   

We have registered interest in the University being a sponsor for the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme, providing accommodation for those who have been displaced, for an agreed period. We have identified accommodation that could be repurposed. Our application will be taken forward in consultation with the local authority. 

Working closely with Durham County Council  

It is anticipated that there will be a significant number of people displaced by the situation in Ukraine. We have joined Durham County Council’s (DCC) Humanitarian Steering Group to identify how we can lend our support.   

We are working to provide interpreting, translation and other linguistic support in Ukrainian, Polish and Russian.

Charities and organisations 

Below you will find a number of links to charities and organisations, including initiatives with which members of our chaplaincy team have links. 

Statements from networks and partners 

We are also showing our support by working with our partners worldwide in developing our response to the war in Ukraine. Please see the links below for statements from some of our networks and partners.