Following the horrific scenes in Ukraine over the past two weeks, we at London Higher, and at our forty member institutions across London, wanted to send a message of solidarity to all university staff, students and academics affected by this ongoing crisis.
As a community, we are appalled by the events being carried out in Ukraine, and we continue to look for practical ways to support Ukrainian universities now and in the future, in partnership with our counterparts around the world.
Across London, universities are facilitating opportunities for their communities – local, national and international – to come together to support each other and share their views respectfully, through activity on campus and other means.
Our members are also offering enhanced support though their student wellbeing teams, as well as their extenuating circumstances policies. Any staff member or student who is affected is able to contact their institution’s wellbeing team, who will be able to support them.
Statements from members
Support for students and community
Visa and Immigration support
The UK visa support for Ukrainian nationals page on GOV.UK is kept up to date with all the support and information for Ukrainian nationals and their family members. Check this page for up to date information.
The Ukraine Family Scheme allows family members of British nationals, UK settled persons and certain others to come to or stay in the UK.
The Homes for Ukraine scheme allows individuals, charities, community groups and businesses in the UK to bring Ukrainians to safety including those with no family ties. Phase one of the scheme will allow sponsors in the UK to nominate a named Ukrainian or named Ukrainian family to stay with them in their home or in a separate property.
Ukrainian nationals in the UK with an existing visa, are able to extend their stay by extending their visa or switching to another immigration route, where eligible, even if their visa does not normally allow them to do so.
There is a cross department GOV.UK Russian invasion of Ukraine: UK government response page which provides up to date announcements
Keep checking the UK visa support for Ukrainian Nationals page for updated information