The indefensible invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Government is causing horrifying suffering for those caught up in the war that is raging in many parts of the country. It is also having a different but profound effect on many of our community at the University of Essex, including our Ukrainian and Russian students, staff, alumni and family members.
I share the anger and the deep sense of concern that many members of the University have expressed on our campuses in recent days, especially those with loved ones whose safety, security and way of life have been so grievously damaged by this war. We also know that the bonds that draw our international Essex community together are strong, helping us to work, study and live together, even when events beyond our campuses are marked by conflict.
We are working hard to support staff and student wellbeing and to respond to any member of our community affected by events in the region, working in partnership with our Students’ Union.
We recognise that you may be finding it hard to focus on your studies or your work – and we want to provide you with any help and advice you might need at this time.
We also want to help members of our University community to support each other. An Essex student from Ukraine, Anton Matiash who I met with yesterday, has volunteered to be a point of contact for Ukrainian students and others seeking and offering support.
Members of the University have rightly been asking what they as individuals and we as a University can do to demonstrate our support for those affected.
At moments of crisis, our University has a proud tradition of pulling together to support each other and to demonstrate our collective values. The invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Government makes this even more important than ever.
Vice-Chancellor, University of Essex
Anthony has been the Vice-Chancellor since 2012 and is a Professor of Politics and International Relations. His research focused on European and British foreign and security policy, and for four years Anthony was the Specialist Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the European Union.