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(Updated 20 February 2023)

CARA Fellowships

We have been working closely with the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA). CARA supports academic fellowships for those who are at risk in their home country which includes, but is not limited to, Ukraine. We have committed to funding additional fellowships on an ongoing basis, taking the number of CARA fellowships we offer to six per annum.

We currently have two fellows with us at Durham, with plans to stay for two years, who are undertaking research and are also involved in providing remote teaching for students at ZNU. Fellows and their families are provided with accommodation and support throughout their stay.

Events and initiatives

To mark one year on since the start of war in Ukraine, a range of events were held across Durham. These included a student organised rally and the lighting up of the Castle at University College, with the Ukrainian flag flying. 

Castle with blue lighting


Castle with Ukraine flag flying

groups of people with Ukraine flags gathered together in a market square

You can find details of further 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, including our Ukrainian talk series.

We 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.   

‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme  

We have registered for the Government’s ‘Homes for Ukraine’ scheme which provides accommodation for those who have been displaced for an agreed period. We are working with Durham County Council to house people who have been displaced in identified University accommodation.

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.

We continue to welcome applicants from conflict-affected countries to apply for employment with us. 

Charities and organisations

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

Durham Ukrainian and Eastern European student Facebook group

Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal | Disasters Emergency Committee (

British Red Cross

Ukrainian division of Red Cross



Harkiv 'Proliska' humanitarian mission that helps civilians in the warzone

Christian Aid

The Orthodox Archdiocese of Suceava (which is coordinating round-the-clock assistance in a northern Romanian city near the Ukrainian border where thousands of refugees cross every day)

Ukrainian Institute London

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.

Universities UK

Matariki Network

Coimbra Group

Durham County Council