The University of Stirling stands in solidarity with all those affected by the war in Ukraine and condemns the unprovoked Russian attack on the Ukrainian people. As an academic community, we welcome the actions taken by staff, students, and the Students’ Union, alongside members of the local community, to support the plight of Ukrainians whose lives have been affected.

The trauma of war is devastating for all involved, not least those students whose education has been impacted, and for whom the conflict has brought not only upheaval to their daily lives, but the breakdown of their hopes and dreams to carve out a future of their own choosing.      

The University stands by the statements made on behalf of the sector and the networks of which we are a part, including Universities ScotlandUniversities UK and the Young European Research Universities (YERUN). We are working closely with our partners and other members of the Scottish, UK and European university community to respond to this unprecedented crisis, and to offer assistance where we are best placed to do so. 

Support for Ukranian academics and researchers

The University of Stirling is keen to support Ukrainian academics and researchers continue their work. We are a long-standing member of the Council for at Risk Academics (CARA), which provides fellowships of up to two years. Researchers wishing to avail themselves of these opportunities should contact CARA in the first instance.

We are also in a position to sponsor applications for short term Fellowships in History and Slavonic and East European Studies, made available from the Royal Historical Society (RHS), British Association for Slavonic and East European Studies (BASEES) and Past and Present Society (P&P). For more information, please contact Thomas Marsden

Support for Ukrainian students

The University of Stirling is happy to support any Ukrainian students who need to complete independent research projects or dissertations as part of their studies. We can offer informal academic supervision and guidance, and access to the University’s learning resources.

If you would like us to support you, please get in touch by completing our request form. 

Visa extensions for Ukrainians on student (formerly Tier 4) visas

The Home Office has announced it will allow Ukrainians in the UK to have their visas temporarily extended or be able to switch onto different visa routes.

Ukrainians in the UK who are on work, study, or visit visas will have their visas temporarily extended or be able to switch onto different visa routes. This includes those on student (formerly Tier 4) visas. This scheme launches on 3 May. Applications will be free and online. You will need to provide biometrics, a passport or other ID document and be in the UK. Find out more about this scheme on GOV.UK website.

Support for local refugee and asylum seeking community

The University’s staff and students are actively working with organisations that support refugees, asylum seekers and other vulnerable communities in the region. The University is happy to receive requests for assistance from local residents and organisations, and to explore ways in which its facilities, expertise and resources can be put to the benefit of these groups.

Our Student Action for Refugees (STAR) society works closely with Forth Valley Welcome, which you can visit for more information.  

The University provides a limited number of Sanctuary scholarships to facilitate access to higher education for those residents who are applying for asylum.