The Russian government’s unprovoked invasion of Ukraine is of ever-increasing concern as the conflict and human tragedy escalates. Like everyone, l am appalled and deeply distressed. Such aggression and human suffering are never acceptable and are completely incompatible with the values we hold dear, challenging the fundamental principles of freedom, democracy and self-determination which provide the basis for academic freedom and cooperation.
We have offered support to those students and staff affected and are working to evacuate any in areas of potential conflict. We are in regular contact with government about immediate issues such as visas, support and evacuations and are also considering the longer-term consequences and further ways in which we can support those affected by this terrible conflict. The Disaster Emergencies Committee has also just launched a Ukraine appeal where government is matching any charitable donations.
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, President and Vice-Chancellor, The University of Manchester