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Support for students and staff distressed by events in Afghanistan, Haiti and Lebanon

We know that some of you will be feeling worried and upset about the events in Afghanistan, Haiti and Lebanon. You may be concerned for the safety and wellbeing of family members or friends in the country.

In a joint statement, Angela Martinez Dy and Upul Wijayantha-Kahagala-Gamage, the current co-chairs of the BAME Staff Network, said:

“On behalf of the BAME Staff Network, we are extremely concerned for those affected by recent and ongoing events in Afghanistan, Lebanon and Haiti. We recognise that the current social conditions, although complex and extremely dynamic, are the product of modern histories of empire, Anglo-European colonisation and relationships of neo-colonialism. Our thoughts today are with the Afghans, Lebanese and the Haitian people and their diasporas worldwide.

“We would like to remind BAME staff of the compassionate leave available for race-based stress should they require it, and BAME students of the specific support that is available to them.”

If you are finding the present situation difficult to deal with, the University can help. Student Services (Email:, Tel: 01509 222765) offer a range of support, including mental health and wellbeing, and advice specifically for international students. Support for London students is also available by emailing or calling 020 3805 1303/1351.

The Staff Counselling Service is available to all University employees, giving you the opportunity to talk confidentially to a professionally trained person who is outside your immediate situation. Colleagues can also access support through our Employee Assistance Programme.

The Centre for Faith and Spirituality (Email:, Tel: 01509 223741) also offers staff and students a space for reflection and has chaplains of various faiths.