Like the rest of the world, the University community has witnessed the distressing events that have unfolded in Afghanistan in recent days.

University colleagues have been working swiftly to contact those members of our University community who are from, or may be in, Afghanistan to check on their wellbeing and offer what support we can. A Silver Emergency Management Team (EMT) has been convened to co-ordinate these efforts. If you are aware of something that needs to be raised with the EMT please speak to your Director or Head of Department who can escalate it.

Help is available for any student or member of staff who needs support.

Students can contact their personal tutor for advice. In addition, our Student Services team can provide a range of support options via 01225 383838 or The SU Advice Centre can also provide help and can be reached at

Staff members can speak to their line managers, or free and confidential support is available to all staff through the Employee Assistance Programme and the Education Support Partnership.

For those members of our community who are veterans, support is available from services including Combat Stress, as well as from the University Chaplaincy.

We know that many in our community would like to contribute to efforts to provide support for Afghans and refugees. There are many appeals and charitable organisations working to do so, and two options include the UNHCR – The UN Refugee Agency – and UNICEF’s campaign to protect children in Afghanistan.