Ukraine Crisis: Newcastle University sends emergency funds to affected students

There are a number of students directly affected by the crisis at Newcastle University

Newcastle University are supporting students with links to Ukraine and surrounding countries with emergency funds.

In an update released today, on Thursday, March 3, the University confirmed that the Student Hardship Fund was being used to help those affected by the crisis.

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Newcastle University Vice-Chancellor and President, Chris Day issued a statement of solidarity.

He said: "Newcastle University is a place of welcome, friendship and hope for people of all backgrounds, beliefs and nationalities.

"We are desperately saddened by the terrible events taking place in Ukraine.

"Our heart goes out to all those who are living in immediate fear of violence, those who have had to flee to ensure the safety of their families and those who are worried about loved ones.

"We are also thinking about all those people who are taking a brave stand against the war, often at great personal risk.

"Within our own community, we know there are many students, colleagues and alumni with links to Ukraine and Russia, as well as Belarus, Lithuania and other bordering nations that are being impacted by this conflict.

"Please be assured that we have reached out to all students and staff directly affected to offer all the practical and wellbeing support that we can.

"This has included making emergency funds available via our Student Hardship Fund."

In the statement, Professor Day also pointed to humanitarian aid agencies including the International Committee of the Red Cross, the International Rescue Committee and UNICEF as other ways to support the country.

The Vice-Chancellor said that the University would continue to look for ways to provide support.

He closed: "As always, our whole community – past and present – continues to demonstrate a generosity of spirit and kindness for others which is testament to the core values we hold here at Newcastle. Thank you."