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Support for staff and students following the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

We know that many of our University community may be feeling concerned, distressed, and upset by the devastating news that earthquakes have hit Turkey and Syria, resulting in thousands of deaths.

If you are finding it difficult to deal with, please know that the University has a range of support available for you to access. 

Support available for students   

  • Student Services (Email:, Tel: 01509 222765) offers a range of support, including mental health and wellbeing, and advice specifically for international students. The Student Wellbeing and Inclusivity team run a BAME Support Group which meets on the second Wednesday of every month via MS Teams. This is a safe space to share experiences and listen to others. One-to-one support with an advisor is also available. If you would like to access this support, please complete the online referral form.  

  • The University Chaplaincy (Email:, Tel: 01509 223741) offers a space for quiet reflection. University Chaplains are here to listen, here to care and here to help all staff and students. No appointment is necessary.     

  • If you feel your studies are being affected, you can contact your Academic School and/or Personal Tutors so that we can provide the right support to you. If you wish, you can also submit an individual Mitigating Circumstances claim to explain how you have been impacted by recent events. More information on this can be found in the Student Handbook.   

Support for staff   

  • 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. More information on both of these services can be found on our People and Organisational Development website.    

  • BAME-specific counselling is also available to staff. To access this service, please email Diddy Elliot, Counselling Practice Lead – all details will be kept confidential.   

  • Should you need some time away, we would like to draw attention to our compassionate leave arrangements, including our specific policy related to race-based stress, which offers pre-approved compassionate leave for the reason of race-based stress.    


If you would like to support the Turkey-Syria earthquake emergency appeal, you can donate on the Red Cross website.