Mar 01 2022

This message has been sent to Executive Deans and Directors of Professional Services for cascade to teams – it will also be published in the staff newsletter today, Tuesday 1 March.

Dear colleagues, 

As members of the Royal Holloway community, we know that there is a terrible situation unfolding in Ukraine. War, and the pain and heartache it causes, is affecting Ukrainians, Russians, and everyone else who is following the news. We all hope that there can be a swift and peaceful resolution to the crisis. 

Words cannot fully convey the impact of this conflict, and with constant media coverage and reporting of very personal stories, it can prove difficult to predict how it will affect us.  

We are an international community where we expect, and seek to uphold, the highest standards of mutual respect at all times. We believe that we all have a role to play in maintaining a peaceful, respectful, inclusive, and welcoming community, on and off campus. We know that many members of our community are deeply worried at this time; for themselves, their families, friends, students and colleagues. If you are affected by the current situation, please know that you are not alone. Your line manager and colleagues will be supportive and understanding and the College also provides a free confidential helpline that can also provide emotional support. 

Last Thursday we wrote to our Russian and Ukrainian students, and you can read the email here. We will be issuing a further message to all students via our social media with answers to the most frequently asked questions, which colleagues can use as a resource when helping students with their concerns. Our message re-iterates our commitment to supporting any student who is affected by the conflict and encouraging them to contact our International Advisers and Wellbeing Advisers by email, or by visiting their offices in Founder's East, 1st floor if able to do so.  

With best wishes 

Tracy Bhamra 

Senior Vice-Principal for Student and Staff Experience