Ukraine Crisis

The Executive Officers have released a statement on the crisis in Ukraine. You can also find out about support available and how you can help through donating, volunteering or joining in fundraising events on campus

We are deeply concerned about the devastating impact of the ongoing invasion of Ukraine. We strongly condemn the act of aggression the Russian government has taken as there is no justification for this level of violence. 

Your safety and wellbeing is our priority and we want to ensure that we offer support to students from Ukraine, Russia, and any bordering countries who are directly impacted by this conflict. Everyone is affected in different ways. We understand that this is a distressing and uncertain time for many students who worry for their friends, family, and loved ones in the region. 

We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine, for their safety and their right to live in peace. We are monitoring the situation and hope to see a diplomatic, anti-war, and peaceful solution. Due to the nature of the conflict, we condemn the prejudice shown to those fleeing the conflict and hope that all people, regardless of their ethnic origin or background, find safety. It should not need to be said, but abuse and harassment of our Russian students because of the actions taken by the Russian government is not acceptable, as they are by no means responsible and also live with consequences of the ongoing invasion. 

We are working with the University to provide support for students who are impacted. The University is in direct contact with students from the region and we encourage students who are struggling emotionally, financially, or academically to reach out so we can provide the relevant support. 

We are aware that there are many conflicts ongoing all over the world and this is not an isolated event, we want to reiterate the support available to any student who is affected. We are here to support you so please reach out. 

The Executive Officer Team - Adi, Bilge, Muneer, Radhika, Rob & Saynab

Support available through the University
  • Financial Assistance Fund: is available to help any students who are experiencing financial hardship, including anyone affected by the invasion of Ukraine (including Russian and Belarussian students). Students can get support in completing the application from the Advice and Counselling Service. 

  • Advice and Counselling Service: Confidential, professional advice and counselling support. Students can contact the service directly or request to speak to a Welfare Adviser through Report and Support. There is advice on a range of financial, legal and welfare issues such as eligibility to funding, student immigration, visas, etc. 

  • Report and Support: The University’s platform for reporting and accessing support for all forms of sexual and gender-based violence, harassment and hate crime. The platform also contains information about different forms of violence and external organisations and helplines.

Support available from external organisations:
  • Ukrainian Institute London: an independent charity centre in London that supports Ukraine-related educational and cultural activities. It gives an overview of what you can do to support Ukraine and Ukrainians.

  • Ukraine Advise Project UK: UK immigration advice for people fleeing Ukraine

?Donate items on campus

A group of Queen Mary students have organised a collection point in Library Square that is open most days. They are collecting items such as warm clothes, first aid kits, medicine, nappies, instant food for babies, blankets etc. on behalf of the White Eagle Club. Donations will go to Ukrainian people who have had to emigrate to Poland and other countries due to the war in Ukraine. Please do pop by and drop off a donation if you are able to.

Volunteer your time to help

First Aid Kit packing: Rob Tucker (Vice President Barts and The London) is working on a project to contribute to UK efforts to put together 100,000 First Aid Kits. to go to Ukrainian people. We are awaiting stock for these kits but will be looking for students to volunteer their time to help pack the kits. We will release further details to students and update this page shortly, please keep an eye out for further updates on this. 

The White Eagle Club is a Polish community club in Balham who are collecting donations and seeking volunteers. So far they have sent 42 large trucks full of items to Ukraine. They need support sorting and packing items to be shipped from the UK to help Ukrainian refugees. You can find out more on the White Eagle Club Facebook page or their Instagram page @white_eagle_club.

Fundraising Events

Details of events organised by Queen Mary Clubs and Societies to raise funds for the Disasters Emergency Committee Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal will be listed here. If you're a student group or individual student who is planning on running volunteering, fundraising or donation activities please get in touch with us so we can support you by emailing Details of past events are listed at the bottom of the page.

  • No current upcoming events
  • British Red Cross Appeal: You can donate directly to the British Red Cross Disasters Emergency Committee appeal here.

What else will the Students' Union be doing
  • The Students' Union is actively working with the University to ensure adequate support is being made avaliable to students and staff from countries affected by conflicts.

  • We are working with students from Ukraine to establish a Ukrainian Society to bring students together and establish a local community.

  • We will also be working with the Queen Mary Residences team to understand what support can be provided to those who may not be able to return home over the summer period.

Past fundraising events

The following fundraising events have already taken place. We thank all students who were involved in organising these events to raise funds for the DEC Ukraine Humanitarian Appeal. 

  • Comedy Society organised a Comedy Show in Drapers Lounge on Monday 21st March.

  • BL Netball Club held a Bake Sale in Library Square on Monday 21st March.

  • Queen Mary Volleyball hosted a tournament on Sunday 27th March.

  • Barts and The London Cycle Club organised a 12 hour continuous cycle. They've raised over £1500, an incredible amount! You can find out more and donate here.

  • The Zebraphiles Show took place at Laird Hall on Sunday 27th March. The event sold out with an additional live stream set-up to The Griff Inn.


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