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Support for staff

We will continue to do everything we can to support staff and members of our community who find themselves affected by the war in Ukraine.

Information on this page:

Welfare  

Staff can contact UCL’s Employee Assistance Programme, Care First, for emotional support, and can also speak to their line manager about any other support or flexibility we might be able to provide. Care First is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  

Employees have access to our translation service, should they wish to access support in their chosen language, and Ukrainian and Russian speaking counsellors are available where appropriate. All Care First employees are up to date with the latest information to help support people with practical queries around the situation in Ukraine.   

Care First have also provided links to recordings of two webinars:

More resources: 

Immigration and asylum  

The Home Office has announced changes that will allow Ukrainians in the UK to have their visas temporarily extended or be able to switch onto different visa routes. This applies to Ukrainians who are on work, study or visit visas in the UK. Information on this and other schemes for Ukrainian nationals can be found on the Home Office website. 

Any UK passport holders in Ukraine are advised to register their presence in Ukraine via a form or if they cannot use this form, to telephone +380 44 490 3660.  

Care First can connect you to Citizens Advice Bureau and are best placed to offer advice directly relating to an individual’s personal circumstances. 

Further resources: 

Travel 

The FCDO is currently advising against all travel to Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. Please see the gov.uk website for more details.  

Respect for others 

We are a diverse community and we ask everyone to continue to respect and support each other at this time. We will not tolerate any harassment directed against anyone. If you experience bullying or harassment, or witness any examples of bullying or harassment, please report this via UCL’s Report + Support tool.  

Guidance for research partnerships with Russia 

In line with decisions made by UKRI and other institutions and with government guidance, we are supporting UKRI and our PIs to pause all current funding flows to and from Russian partners. This relates to both existing and potential new funded research projects with Russian organisations.  

A number of individual PIs will have informal collaborations (or co-publications in preparation) with Russian and Belarusian academics. These activities will need to ensure they do not breach Government sanctions or the requirements of multinational research organisations. We will continue to follow Government guidance in these cases. 

To support PIs with this, we are developing further guidance. We have also formed an internal advisory group with members of Global Engagement, Research and Innovation Services and Office of the General Counsel to assess the risk and advise PIs accordingly.  

For any queries related to research with Russia, Belarus or Ukraine, staff should email ec.nsi@ucl.ac.uk and include ‘Russia’, ‘Belarus’ or ‘Ukraine’ in the subject heading as appropriate.  

We will continue to regularly review UCL’s support and response on research with Russia and Belarus in light of government advice and will issue further guidance to support PIs over the coming days. 

UCL Academic Sanctuary Fellowship Scheme

UCL has established the Academic Sanctuary Fellowship Scheme for academics fleeing warzones as part of a new joint funding stream with longstanding partner Cara (the Council for At-Risk Academics).

Find out more about criteria, eligibility and how to apply (either for yourself or on behalf of someone else) on the UCL Global webpages.