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A statement on conflict in Ukraine from LSESU Sabbatical Officers

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We at the LSESU wanted to address the ongoing war in Ukraine. We, like most, feel hopeless in this conflict and writing a statement feels insignificant in the face of such abhorrent violence. Nevertheless, we stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and pray for their safety, protection and right to live in peace. 

We know that this must be a scary and distressing time for our Ukrainian students, and also for those with loved ones in neighbouring countries. Please be assured that we will do everything we can to support you through this time.

We’ve been in touch with affected students and societies, and encourage others to reach out if you need support. The LSE student body is a diverse and international one and we have a duty of care for all our students. The news of international conflict is difficult for all of us, so please look after yourselves and be mindful of the amount of social media you are using. You are our priority right now. 

It should not have to be said, but the harassment of Russian students will not be tolerated. If you see this behaviour, please call it out and report it.

We are working with LSE to ensure all affected students have access to financial support if needed, and for mitigations to be put in place for the impact on their learning. In addition, we would like to take this opportunity to signpost to the University and LSESU services available to all students. 

Safe Contacts at LSE and Report it, Stop it

  • Safe contacts are trained members of staff at LSE who can support you if you have experienced harassment, provide a safe listening space and signpost you to further support. You can find the safe contact list here

  • ‘Report it, Stop it’ is LSE’s tool for students and staff to report racism, harassment and discrimination and reports can be made with your name or anonymously. You can approach a safe contact first and they can help you to fill in a report. 

LSESU Advice Service

  • The Advice Service offers 1-2-1, impartial appointments to discuss your academic support options, such as exceptional circumstances and extensions. If you are struggling with upcoming assessments, please get in touch with them via to book an appointment.

LSE Student Services Centre

  • The LSE Student Services can provide advice and services on immigration and visas, enrollment, deferrals, repeat teaching and other areas surrounding your time at LSE. They are a first point of contact for general enquiries that you might have and are open from 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Friday. The SSC also provides a live chat service and online enquiry form. 

LSE Counselling Service

  • All LSE students can access counselling from the LSE Counselling Service. The registration form is here to book an appointment. They also have out of hours support available here through Spectrum. 

If you would like to help, there are several organisations who are supporting the civilians affected by the conflict. We recommend the following organisations for humanitarian aid: 

Please get in touch if you need support. Take care. 

Your Sabbatical Officers; 

Josie Stephens - General Secretary 

Faiso Kadiye - Community and Welfare 

Robyn McAlpine - Education Officer

Ed Hall - Activities and Development Officer 

Vaibhav Sharma - Postgraduate Students Officer 




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