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Support for staff and students: Earthquake in Morocco and floods in Libya

We know that many of our University community may be feeling concerned, distressed, and upset by the devastating impact of the earthquake that hit Morocco and the floods that have occured in Libya.

We understand some of our staff and students may come from these regions, or be concerned for the welfare of family and friends in the areas.  

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. 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     

Colleagues can access emotional support through our Employee Assistance Programme. More information can be found on our People and Organisational Development website.      

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.