On Friday 24 February it will be one year on from the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

To mark this occasion, there will be a national one minute silence at 11am as a moment of reflection.

Staff and students are invited to gather in the covered area at the top of the steps leading down to the Chaplaincy from the Parade at 10.45am on Friday 24 February, where the University Chaplain, the Revd Canon Nigel Rawlinson, will be saying a few words ahead of the one minute silence. Alice Ludgate, Director of Student Support and Safeguarding, Amin Neghavati, Staff Wellbeing Champion, and Alexander Robinson, Students' Union President, will also give brief talks.

The event will also be live streamed for those who are unable to attend.

Professor Rajani Naidoo, Vice-President (Community & Inclusion), said: “The ongoing war in Ukraine continues to affect many in our community. Whilst the impact of the war will be on all our minds this Friday during this moment of reflection, for those who have lost loved ones or who have family, friends or colleagues directly affected, this will be an especially difficult time. We are also remembering people in other regions suffering from natural or manmade disasters.

“We will be marking this solemn moment together. I’d also urge anyone who needs it to reach out if they need support, whether that is to a colleague or friend, or to one of the many sources of support available to both students and staff.”

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