Statement on the invasion of Ukraine - 2 March 2022
We are deeply concerned by the tragic events in Ukraine and our hearts go out to all those affected. We condemn the Russian Federation's unjustified and inhumane invasion.
For some members of our community the war is having a direct personal impact. We will do whatever we can to support them. Any students or staff currently in Ukraine should follow all advice provided by their local embassy, consulate, or high commission. For staff still in Ukraine, the College will pay compassionate leave. 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.
The College’s wellbeing services for staff and students are available for anyone in need of support. In addition, we encourage our students to speak to their personal tutor or supervisor if their ability to study or conduct research is being affected. You can also reach out to them if you would like to be referred to other support services. Please continue to check the Imperial Alerts page for the latest updates for staff and students.
UK, Russian and Ukrainian scientists have worked closely for decades in areas such as healthcare, high energy physics and space exploration. There is a long history of scientists working across borders during times of conflict, improving the world through their discoveries and playing an important role in rebuilding relationships that have been divided.
These individual relationships must continue; however, we will not partner with the Russian state. We have ended the partnership we had with a majority state-owned Russian entity, and we are reviewing current connections with Russia.
We know that many of you would like to help colleagues and students affected by this conflict. Right now many academics, especially in Ukraine, could benefit from our help. Some are choosing to give to the Council for At Risk Academics (Cara), and UK Fundraising has published a list of appeals supporting Ukraine. We invite our community, including alumni and friends, to contribute to the Student Hardship Fund, which will help Imperial students of all nationalities affected by the conflict.
Imperial has always been home to brilliant students and academics of all nations, including those who have fled their home country, and some of our greatest achievements come from refugees like Dennis Gabor. That will remain so. We reaffirm our commitment to international collaboration and welcoming students and academics from every part of the world.
We ask all members of our community to show kindness and compassion to others at this difficult time, not only to our Ukrainian community, but also to our Russian and Belarusian staff and students.
Alice and Ian
Professor Alice Gast, President
Professor Ian Walmsley, Provost