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Imperial has condemned the Russian Federation’s “unjustified and inhumane invasion” of Ukraine.

In a message to all staff and students, President Alice Gast and Provost Ian Walmsley said Imperial “will not partner with the Russian state”, and has ended its partnership with a majority state-owned Russian entity.

“We are deeply concerned by the tragic events in Ukraine and our hearts go out to all those affected.” Professors Gast and Walmsley Imperial President and Provost

The College is also inviting contributions from staff, students, alumni and friends to the Student Hardship Fund, which will help Imperial students of all nationalities affected by the conflict.

Professors Gast and Walmsley said: “We are deeply concerned by the tragic events in Ukraine and our hearts go out to all those affected. We condemn the Russian Federation’s unjustified and inhumane invasion.

For some members of our community the war is having a direct personal impact. We will do whatever we can to support them.”

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Support for staff and students

The College’s wellbeing services for staff and students are available for anyone in need of support. In addition, we encourage our students to speak to their personal tutor or supervisor if their ability to study or conduct research is being affected.

Please continue to check the Imperial Alerts page for the latest updates for staff and students.

Any students or staff currently in Ukraine should follow all advice provided by their local embassy, consulate, or high commission.

International research collaborations

While Imperial will not partner with the Russian state, the College says that individual relationships between academics must continue.

“We ask all members of our community to show kindness and compassion to others at this difficult time, not only to our Ukrainian community, but also to our Russian and Belarusian staff and students.” Professors Gast and Walmsley Imperial President and Provost

Professors Gast and Walmsley said: “UK, Russian and Ukrainian scientists have worked closely for decades in areas such as healthcare, high energy physics and space exploration.

“There is a long history of scientists working across borders during times of conflict, improving the world through their discoveries and playing an important role in rebuilding relationships that have been divided.

“These individual relationships must continue; however, we will not partner with the Russian state. We have ended the partnership we had with a majority state-owned Russian entity, and we are reviewing current connections with Russia.

We ask all members of our community to show kindness and compassion to others at this difficult time, not only to our Ukrainian community, but also to our Russian and Belarusian staff and students.”

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