A SCOTS university has revealed a package of support for its students who have been impacted by the war in Ukraine.
The package also includes support for students from Belarus or Russia who have been awarded refugee or asylum seeker status, or who cannot return home safely.
Building on the support outlined by the Scottish Government, the measures consist of:
- Tuition fee waivers up to a value of £250,000 for new and returning students not eligible for support under the Scottish Government’s free tuition, bursary and loan support from 2022/23
- Free accommodation in University housing over the summer of 2022 and for 2022/23 for degree-seeking students
- Provision of laptops and other technical equipment for new students
- £50,000 to support £1,000 cash bursaries and increased hardship support
- Additional support through Recognition of Previous Learning (RPL) for students transferring from universities in the region
- Acceptance of a broader range of evidence for new students’ qualifications
- Adoption of the UNESCO Qualifications Passport for all displaced persons globally
The support is available to students who were resident in Ukraine prior to the invasion, Ukrainian nationals and students who were resident in Belarus or Russia and have been awarded refugee or asylum-seeker status.
Also eligible are current University of Aberdeen students due to graduate in 2022 who are ordinarily resident in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia and cannot return home safely.
The University had already started the process of introducing annual support packages for refugees or asylum seekers, including tuition fees and a stipend allowance.
The Ukrainian war has been distinguished from other global conflicts by the UN High Commission for Refugees, “in light of the emergency and paramount humanitarian needs of refugees from Ukraine”.
As such, international support systems are still catching up with the rapid escalation of the conflict and sudden mass migration of displaced persons into neighbouring countries.
Professor Adelyn Wilson, the University’s Dean for International Stakeholder Engagement, said: “Our University community has offered its unqualified support and solidarity for the people of Ukraine, and for our students who have spoken out to condemn the war.
“The measures announced today to support new and current students affected by the war reflect both this commitment and our position within the global community.
“These targeted measures build on the support we already offer to other refugees and asylum seekers, including our Sanctuary Scholarships.
“We are proud to now also accept the UNESCO Qualifications Passport for all displaced persons globally.”