Supporting staff and students impacted by distressing global circumstances

The University of Edinburgh was the first university in Scotland to be accredited as a University of Sanctuary. We seek to promote a welcoming culture within the University and our wider communities for those seeking sanctuary. 

Universities of Sanctuary website

Support and information for any staff or students affected by the conflict in Israel and Palestine.


Israel and Palestine emergency response

Community support and information for any staff or students affected by the earthquake in Taiwan.


Taiwan emergency response

We understand that the invasion of Ukraine will be distressing for many people in our community.

Find out more about our support for students and staff who are affected by the invasion. 

Our response on Ukraine

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We are here to support you if you have been affected by recent global events. Find out about the University Services which offer support to our community.

Support for students and staff

Edinburgh Global photography competition entry

The Global Community Team delivers advocacy, coordinates support for our students and staff community, and helps to deliver community events.

Find out about the support work the Global Community Team has carried out during previous global events.

Our work

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We have a long history of supporting scholars impacted by conflict or displaced by distressing global circumstances.

We work closely with other sector groups, Universities of Sanctuary, Scholars At Risk and the Council for At Risk Academics (Cara) to provide support now and in the future.

Edinburgh Global website