Advice for students affected by the invasion of Ukraine

A summary of support available to those affected by the invasion of Ukraine.

Support for students who are concerned over family members in Ukraine, Russia or Belarus

You can request support from our wellbeing services or speak to your personal tutor or senior tutor for help and advice.

Support for students currently unable to travel or return home to Ukraine/Russia/Belarus

The Home Office has confirmed that Ukrainian students who are on study visas in the UK will have their visas temporarily extended or be able to switch to different visa routes. You can contact Student Visa Services for advice around your immigration status. For any other concerns (e.g. financial issues) please contact Student Services.

Disruption to your studies

Please contact your school or tutor in the first instance if your studies are disrupted. Any disruption may have impacts on funding or student visas, please contact Student Services for support.

Support for exchange students in Ukraine, Russia or Belarus

We have a small number of students on placement in Russia, in locations well away from the Ukraine border. Government advice (28 February 2022) recommends against all travel to Russia so we are asking students to return to the UK immediately. Additional costs incurred in travelling will be refunded. The Global Opportunities team can help with any enquiries or issues.

Financial support for students affected by the impact on the Russian banking sector

The Student Funding Office can provide a range of support to students, including Emergency support payments and hardship funding. Remember that you will need a UK bank account to receive financial support. If you need help opening a bank account please visit the Global Lounge in Senate House If you do not have a UK bank account, food vouchers can be issued in emergency situations. If you would like to discuss any of the financial support available please contact

Further student support

Individual student issues can be sent to Student Services who will help to find the right support. Bristol SU also has a Ukraine support page with events, latest updates and advice.

How you can help

We know that many in our community want to provide help and support at this time. Several charitable appeals have been set up if you would like to donate to organisations that are currently providing humanitarian support in Ukraine: 

  • Locally, Stand with Ukraine Bristol, are promoting different collection points currently accepting donations in Bristol – please check their posts for the most recent donation needs.
  • The DEC (Disaster Emergency Committee) is involved in coordinating the UK public's response to overseas disasters and has set up a Ukraine fund. The DEC brings together 15 leading UK aid charities to raise funds quickly and efficiently at times of crisis overseas.
  • The British Red Cross is working with the Ukrainian Red Cross Society and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to support people affected by the conflict. Donations to the Red Cross go towards food, water, first aid, medicines, warm clothes and shelter. 
  • UNICEF is working across eastern Ukraine to deliver life-saving programmes for children as well as deliver safe drinking water in areas heavily impacted by the conflict. 
  • The UNHCR is working with local authorities and other partners in Ukraine to provide humanitarian assistance for refugees. 

Visit the University central web page for more information on support available. 

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