Members of our community will have seen the distressing news from Morocco, where an earthquake of magnitude 6.8 struck near Marrakesh on Friday 8 September. Tragically, thousands of deaths have been reported with many more people injured or struggling due to the widespread damage caused by the earthquake.

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

Moroccan airports are open and flights to and from the UK are running as normal. Some airlines have provided extra seats for travellers who want to return to the UK. If you are planning to travel to Morocco soon, check with your tour operator / accommodation provider to confirm arrangements before departure or to change your flights and bookings. Follow advice from the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) Morocco travel advice - GOV.UK ( and remember that all staff and students planning international travel on University business are expected to follow University travel guidance.

UK Government advice is that if you are in Morocco and you need consular assistance call the 24-hour helpline and select the option for ‘consular services for British nationals’:
- for domestic calls from Morocco, call British Embassy Rabat +212 (0) 537 63 33 33
- for international calls to the UK , call +44 (0) 207 008 5000.

We recognise that members of our University community may be distressed and upset by these events, or have family, friends or colleagues who been affected by the earthquake. Wellbeing support is available for those who need it:

Support for students:

  • our Wellbeing Service is available every day of the year at 4 West Student Centre, no appointment necessary, or by emailing
  • our “Be Well - Talk Now” service provides free, confidential advice and support by phone, video call or live chat from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. From within the UK, please call 0808 196 8046. From outside the UK, please call +44 3 307771499, or visit our webpages for more information and the live chat link
  • help is also available from The SU’s Advice and Support Centre
  • the Chaplaincy staff are happy to talk with anyone who has been affected, in total confidence. Please email or Nigel Rawlinson.

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.