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Research, Respite and Reunions: The University of Warwick Ukrainian Summer School is underway.

The University of Warwick is providing a two-week summer school programme, hosted by the English and History departments with funding support from the Institute of Advanced Study. The programme has welcomed 20 Ukrainian students from the Ukrainian Catholic University in Lviv.

This programme not only provides an opportunity for academic enrichment but also represents a significant moment of reunion as Nataliya Pratsovyta, an associate professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University and a valued member of our community, has been joyfully reunited with two of her students amidst the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

Nataliya Pratsovyta joined the University of Warwick in 2022 as a fellow in English and Comparative Literary Studies, bringing her expertise and passion for academia to our institution. Her presence has been greatly appreciated by both the faculty and students, as she has made invaluable contributions to the academic community. Nataliya is one of 10 Ukrainian research fellows to be invited to Warwick since the Russian invasion. 

The summer school programme serves as a testament to the University of Warwick's commitment to fostering international collaborations and supporting educational opportunities for students affected by conflicts. These 20 Ukrainian students, whose education has been persistently interrupted by the devastating circumstances and the necessity of seeking shelter in university bomb shelters, have been granted a unique chance to continue their studies in a safe and nurturing environment.

The summer school programme offers a diverse range of courses and workshops, meticulously designed to enhance the students’ knowledge and understanding of the English and History disciplines. Through engaging lectures, interactive discussions, and practical activities, the students will have the opportunity to explore new perspectives, broaden their horizons, and strengthen their academic skills.

The reunion of Nataliya Pratsovyta with two of her students (Khrystyna Shmyrko and Ustyna Husak) is a moment filled with emotion and relief. Witnessing the safety and well-being of her students, amidst the challenges they have faced, is a testament to the resilience and determination of these individuals to pursue their education despite adversities. Nataliya's dedication and unwavering support have played an integral role in ensuring the success of this programme and the continued growth of her students.

Expressing his pride in the programme, Professor Mike Shipman, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) said, “We are honoured to open our doors to these talented Ukrainian students, providing them with an enriching and supportive environment. At Warwick, we believe in the transformative power of education, and we are committed to making a positive impact on the lives of those affected by conflict. This summer school is a testament to our dedication to fostering global understanding and providing opportunities for personal and intellectual growth."

Nataliya Pratsovyta, a Ukrainian research fellow at Warwick, emphasised the significance of this programme for the students, having come to Warwick from the Ukrainian Catholic University herself. She said, "This initiative provides these young individuals with a chance to temporarily escape the harsh realities of war and focus on their personal and intellectual development. It is heartening to witness the commitment of the University of Warwick and its dedication to supporting those impacted by the conflict. I am grateful to be a part of this transformative experience."

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Fri 16 Jun 2023, 13:33 | Tags: Ukraine