Ukraine – safety advice and support
Updated Thursday 17 March 2022
We know that this is a difficult time for our staff and students, and our thoughts are with everyone affected. Support is available to all members of our community.
Russia has announced the start of military operations in Ukraine. We advise any students and staff currently in Ukraine to leave the country immediately if you judge it is safe to do so and to follow the advice of the Ukrainian authorities while you remain in Ukraine.
It is likely that commercial routes out of Ukraine will be severely disrupted and roads across Ukraine could be closed. If you are in the vicinity of military activity and you cannot leave safely, you should stay indoors, away from windows, and remain alert to developments that would allow you to leave safely.
If you decide to remain in Ukraine, you should remain vigilant throughout for any potential combat operations, keep your departure plans under constant review and ensure your travel documents are up to date.
The Home Secretary has announced visa concessions for Ukrainians. These changes allow Ukrainians in the UK to have their visas temporarily extended or be able to switch onto different visa routes. Read more on the Gov.uk website. Ukrainian staff on UK visas can contact the Staff Compliance team should they require assistance.
Advice for British nationals
The UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) advises against all travel to Ukraine.
If you are a British national still in Ukraine, you should register your presence in Ukraine. This will allow the UK Government to provide you with the latest information. You should also continue to read and follow FCDO Travel Advice.
Please note: The British Embassy office in Kyiv has temporarily relocated. Embassy staff are operating from the British Embassy office in Lviv. The in-person consular services that British Embassy office in Lviv can provide are extremely limited. If you are in need of assistance to leave Ukraine, you should call +380 44 490 3660 or +44 (0)1908 516666 and select the option for “consular services for British nationals.” You can also send an enquiry via the web contact form.
Russia’s military action in Ukraine will severely affect the UK Government’s ability to provide consular assistance in Ukraine. British Nationals should not expect increased consular support or help with evacuating in these circumstances.
Advice for students and staff of other nationalities
In a crisis, embassies prioritise supporting nationals of the country they represent. You are advised to contact the embassy, consulate, or high commission of the country you are a citizen of. You should always remain vigilant of your surroundings and your safety.
Support from the College
If you are currently in Ukraine, you are advised to follow all advice provided by your local embassy, consulate, or high commission.
If you are currently in the UK and attending College, and you are distressed by the current situation or have a personal connection to events, we are here to support you.
Please speak to your personal tutor or supervisor if you are concerned that the situation is affecting your ability to study or conduct research. You can also speak with them if you would like to be referred to other support services.
Alternatively, you can visit the Student Support Zone. Here you can find advice ranging from how to look after your mental wellbeing, to additional support for international students.
Please speak to your line manager if you are concerned that the situation is affecting your ability to work.
All College staff and members of their family living with them can get free professional and confidential help from Confidential Care.
The Sanctuary Scholarships Fund
We have launched a new scholarship fund to support students from displaced communities.
The donor-backed Sanctuary Scholarship Fund will provide scholarships at both undergraduate and master’s level. We are matching donations received for the fund, aiming to award the first scholarships as early as the 2022/23 academic year.
Travel to Ukraine and the region
Currently the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office advises against all travel to Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. Therefore, the College does not permit travel to the region until further notice.
Please see our Travel pages for more information about travel to the region.