"I know that I speak for everyone in our community when I state that the illegal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine has affected all of us deeply.
"As a university we can at least add our voice to the statements of support for Ukraine and express our outrage about the shocking act of aggression we have witnessed since last week. We can appeal for calm and humanity and join with our colleagues across the sector – and indeed across the international academic community - to leverage our influence towards a peaceful solution.
"At LJMU, we have taken a number of steps:
- We reached out immediately across our communities to offer support to students and staff who may have been affected personally by the invasion of Ukraine.
- The executive team initiated an urgent review of our activities in both Ukraine and Russia and we are monitoring the impact on our students and staff, ceasing activities where necessary.
- I have been in discussion with our city partners to identify how we can best support communities most at need and to provide immediate help wherever we can.
"On March 2, we held a 'Town Hall' event, open to every member of staff, to restate our principle of Respect Always. There has never been a more significant moment to recognise that LJMU is a community standing together against intolerance, aggression and division, this is at the heart of our values.
"We are fortunate to work in an inclusive and respectful environment and we stand together with a commitment to peace, mutual understanding and tolerance with our Ukrainian and Russian friends and colleagues.
"A link to the statement from UUK is copied below for your information and thanks to those who joined us (on March 2) for a discussion session on Respect Always. Be mindful of how this is affecting your colleagues and be kind to one another and our students - and know that we are here for everyone affected by these shocking events."
Mark Power, Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive