Members of our community will be aware of the attacks in Israel last October and subsequent large-scale conflict in Gaza. The humanitarian impacts continue to be devastating and there are reports of thousands of fatalities including Israelis and Palestinians, with the effects being felt across the wider region.

Our thoughts are with all those who have lost loved ones and those who are concerned about family members, friends or colleagues. We offer our deepest sympathies to all those affected.

We recognise that the trauma of conflict and its humanitarian consequences, and the uncertainty surrounding what will happen next, is deeply concerning for many members of our community and we are seeking to offer a range of support.

Please be mindful that some staff and students will be particularly concerned about family and friends in the region and about potential discrimination here in the UK. We want to ensure that our campus and buildings are spaces where all members of our community can feel safe.

If you are concerned about discrimination, either for yourself or others, please remember our Support and Report online tool, the SafeZone app and the availability of the Security team on or off campus.

As an inclusive international community, we’d ask everyone to continue to be supportive of one another. You may wish to look at our #NeverOK Online toolkit for some guidance.

As a University, we are ensuring that our support services (linked below) are available to provide as much support as possible. We will publish updates to this message as needed.

Support for students

Support is available for students through:

If you feel your academic work is being affected, please contact your Personal Tutor, Director of Studies or Supervisor as soon as possible for academic advice and support.

Support for staff

Support is available for staff members through:

If you are a staff member who is concerned about a student who may have been affected, please call 01225 384321.


Please remember all staff and students planning international travel on University business are expected to follow University travel guidance and to seek approval from the International Travel Group before travelling to any country on University business where there is a UK Government Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advisory against travel.

The UK Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) advises against all but essential travel to Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and has published guidance and contact details. There are also travel warnings in place for a number of countries in the Middle East. Please visit the FCDO Foreign travel advice webpages for guidance and contact details.