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Statement on conflict in Ukraine

University of Gloucestershire statement from Vice-Chancellor, Stephen Marston, regarding the conflict in Ukraine:

We have all watched the terrible events unfold in Ukraine from here in Gloucestershire. We have all been appalled by the aggression of the Russian Government.

At University of Gloucestershire, we fully endorse the Universities UK position in terms of the wider aspects of the conflict.

We have contacted all of our students who have Ukrainian or Russian citizenship directly to offer support. We also published a letter to all students on our student app, and have written to all staff to offer support and make clear our position on the conflict.

We are members of CARA, and that will be our route for helping any Ukrainian academics who are refugees and need temporary support at UOG. Additionally, we have the Michael Perham Sanctuary Scholarship scheme, which we can use to help future prospective Ukrainian refugee students who need support.

Every Wednesday, we invite our community to join us for a Pause for Peace, when we share a few minutes of guided silence as an opportunity to hold together our concerns and our care for the people of Ukraine and of Russia, and for all those affected by conflict throughout the world.

We are an international community. We learn and work with people from all countries and backgrounds, and for whom we expect the highest standards of mutual respect. This respect and support for one another continues, irrespective of global events and their consequences.