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Support for students and staff affected by the conflict in Sudan

26 April 2023

We know that the news of the conflict in Sudan is incredibly distressing and that some of you may be worried about family or friends in the area. If you're affected, please do reach out for support to any of the services listed here.

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We will do everything we can to support those affected by the fighting in Sudan and have been directly reaching out to members of our community from Sudan who may be affected by this. We have support available for any UCL staff and students who are impacted, so please use the information below to access what you may need.  

Support for students 

Students can contact our Support Team for Students affected by War, Conflict and Disaster, a collaboration between Student Support and Wellbeing (SSW), the Department of Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS), and the University Clinic. 

The team provides emotional and practical support to students affected by events in their home countries, such as war, by offering sessions of Psychological First Aid (PFA). You can access the team's support by arranging to speak to a SSW Student Adviser

All students also have access to UCL's 24/7 Student Support Line for support with their mental health and wellbeing.  

We know that some students may find it difficult to focus on their studies at this time. Anyone struggling with academic work should first talk to their tutor, who will be able to offer support and advice. Departments can also provide Extenuating Circumstances or Academic Adjustments to support any student who experiences sudden, unexpected difficulties that may affect their performance at assessment. 

We recognise that some of our students may face financial hardship as a result of the conflict. If students are in financial difficulty, we encourage them to speak with one of our Student Funding Advisers. Students who are in unexpected financial need with their living costs can also apply to the Financial Assistance Fund

Support for staff 

UCL staff can access confidential, 24/7 mental health support by phone, WhatsApp or Live Chat with our Employee Assistance Programme: Staff Support Service.  

We are continuing to monitor the situation and are working to contact staff in the area directly to offer support and ensure their safety.