Our support for conflict and humanitarian disasters

We are committed to providing support for those impacted by global crises.


Since , when more than 600 staff and students lost their lives, our University community has regularly been affected by war. Tragically, these events continue today and the impact is felt by our students, staff and alumni in the UK and across the world.

The Russian invasion of Ukraine prompted us to think about more direct support we can offer to people whose lives have been disrupted by war. Find out more about our Ukraine response.

In 2022, a £5 million fund was established to provide scholarships to students and fellowships to academics from countries experiencing armed conflict. As well as the fund, we also have a wide range of other support available. You can find out more about these initiatives below.

In addition, humanitarian disaster response is a focus of our interdisciplinary research. Our  (HCRI) is a global centre specialising in research, collaboration and education to enable improvements in crisis response on a global scale.

Our support

  • We are a university of sanctuary for asylum seekers and refugees.
  • For mental health and wellbeing services, students can visit the or the .
  • If you or someone you know has experienced or witnessed any form of bullying, harassment, discrimination, gender based violence, hate or micro-aggressions, or have a safeguarding concern, you can report it anonymously or get support from a trained advisor on our .
  • In the event of an emergency you can contact Campus Support and Security Services 24 hours a day on 0161 306 9966. You can also use .
  • Support is also available from our , many of which are based around nationality.
  • If you require support for your studies, there are in place for taught students.
  • We also offer support to postgraduate researchers who experience a .
  • If you need financial support, our could help.
  • The section of StaffNet offers 24/7 access to counselling and support through our , Health Hero.

Partner support

  • The British Academy and the Council for At-Risk Academics have announced fellowships for .
  • Manchester City Council lists on its website.

How you can help

You can donate to , a frontline medical aid charity based at the University. In 2020 they worked in 13 countries, responding to calls for emergency medical assistance following crises like disease outbreaks, natural disasters and conflict.

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