More than 50 individuals impacted by the war in Ukraine have been sponsored by members of the King’s community so far. This includes students who continue to study their degrees at Ukrainian universities online, academic fellows and recipients of King’s Sanctuary Scholarships.
In November 2022, Dr Nicole Mennell (Sanctuary Programme Manager at King's), visited refugee centres in Warsaw, Poland with Citizens UK and USPUK. During the visit, Nicole had the opportunity to speak with some of the Ukrainians who are currently living in the converted exhibition centres while they wait to be matched with hosts.
'I have been consistently amazed by the resilience of the Ukrainian guests we have met through the University Sponsorship Model', she said. 'While the refugee centres provide a temporary place of safety, it was eye opening to see firsthand how difficult life currently is for many of the people living there. What has really stayed with me from the visit is that for so many of the people who have been forced to flee their homes, they are unable to move forward with their lives.
'We are incredibly grateful to the members of the King's community who have opened up their homes and generously provided places of sanctuary for those whose lives have been disrupted by the war in Ukraine,' Nicole said. 'As the war continues, more hosts are needed to help displaced students and researchers to resume their lives and continue their academic journeys'.