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A message from the Vice Chancellor on the violence in Israel and Gaza

The gruesome scenes and mounting loss of lives in both Israel and Gaza have been deeply distressing to witness over the last week.

People within our own community have been personally impacted by the escalating violence – with some fearing for the safety of family and friends in the region. These are truly terrible stories to hear.

I send my heartfelt support to all those who have been affected by these appalling events.

The Students’ Union’s recent message calling for tolerance and understanding was clear and powerful, and I am very happy to add my support to it.

Whilst freedom of speech is a vital component of university life and something we cherish, I would urge everyone to show respect, kindness and empathy to each other during these difficult times. These are the values we hold dear as a diverse and welcoming community.

We have a zero-tolerance policy to any form of racism, discrimination, anti- Semitism, and Islamophobia. Complaints will always be investigated and reported to the police and other agencies where appropriate. Any incidents or concerns should be reported through our online Report and Support service. Please also be aware that as Hamas is a proscribed organisation in the UK it is illegal to support them.

It’s vital that people know there is help available to them. For anyone who has been impacted by these traumatic events, please do get in touch with us, so we can provide specialist support and practical help.

You can contact Wellbeing and Student Support, the Chaplaincy (for those of any religion, or none) and the SU.