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Our community is shocked and distressed after the attacks by Hamas and subsequent military action by Israel, leading to an ongoing escalation of violence in the Middle East. Many of our students have family and friends in the areas most affected, and many in our community have been directly or indirectly impacted by the events of the past few days. We are mobilising support for students now, together with UCL, and will continue to do so over the coming days and weeks. Please use the links below to find support services and share with those you feel could benefit.

Alongside colleagues in UCL, we have been reaching out to Israeli, Jewish and Palestinian members of our community directly to offer support and signpost to appropriate services. Our thoughts are with everyone affected at this worrying time.

A reminder to our community: Any and all forms of racism, antisemitism, islamophobia, discrimination, and abuse have no place in our university. We urge those who’ve attended our Active Bystander training to safely intervene if they witness or experience any form of abuse and use UCL’s Report + Support tool to report incidents.

  • UCL’s campus has security coverage 24/7 and will be increasing security coverage in key areas. Security support can be accessed by calling +44 (0)20 7679 2222 or extension 222 from a UCL landline.
  • You can also contact security directly through the SafeZone app. Download the SafeZone app. The app is available to all UCL students and makes it easier for you to contact UCL Security directly from your phone.  Remember: if you are in an emergency, call 999 and ask for the appropriate service.
  • You can contact the Support Team for Students affected by War, Conflict and Disaster. The team provides emotional and practical support to students affected by events in their home countries by offering sessions of Psychological First Aid (PFA).
  • If you need to, you should access UCL's 24/7 Student Support Line for support with your mental health and wellbeing, and additional support services around faith and belief at UCL, including quiet spaces for prayer and advice from the Interfaith team.
  • We know that it may be difficult to focus on your studies at this time. If you are struggling with academic work, you should first talk to your tutor, who will be able to offer support and advice. Departments can also provide Extenuating Circumstances or Academic Adjustments to support any student who experiences sudden, unexpected difficulties that may affect their performance at assessment. 
  • If you face financial difficulty due to the conflict, we encourage you to speak with one of our Student Funding Advisers. Students who are in unexpected financial need with their living costs can also apply to the Financial Assistance Fund.