Ukraine: Info and support for students and staff
Tilburg University is shocked by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and sympathizes with all those affected. The war in Ukraine also affects our close-knit community. Several of our colleagues and students have relatives in the affected area. We can imagine that the situation has a great impact on the well-being of many students, researchers, lecturers, and other employees in our community. Tilburg University sympathizes with them and is committed to supporting all those directly or indirectly affected by these events.
This takes the form of practical support, such as collecting relief supplies, but also support with study- and work-related issues and financial and mental support. Employees of our university are in contact with those directly involved and try to support them as much as possible.
Mental support students
Are you a student and would you like to talk to someone about the impact of the current situation in Ukraine on your mental health, please check the webpage 'Advice and counseling' to see what kind of help Tilburg University offers. For study related questions it is best to contact your education coordinator. Also check out the tips on the How do I stay mentally healthy page.
Advice and counseling
To successfully complete your studies, various circumstances are involved. Sometimes you could use some advice or guidance. Do you have study-related questions, or do you need a listening ear on a personal level? Feel free to contact our advisors and counselors in the areas of education and mental and physical health. These include education coordinators, student deans, student psychologists, social workers, student pastors, career coaches or confidential advisors.
How do you stay mentally healthy?
With ongoing events on a world scale (COVID-19, war in Ukrain) social activities and meeting each other is essential for student wellbeing. What to do, and what to do if you feel sad or lonely or stressed and even anxious?
Each School has an education coordinator (sometimes also called study advisor, academic counselor or study counselor). You can contact them with the questions and problems that are specifically related to your educational program.
Tips study skills and internet help sites
Tilburg University, Student Development and the Sports Center offer workshops and trainings to manage and prevent the most common problems among students. The student psychologists have also selected a number of relevant websites for students who have various personal problems.
Support for staff
Tilburg University Fund has set up an emergency fund for students who are facing immediate financial problems caused by unforeseen circumstances. Fundraising campaigns are currently being implemented to expand this financial safety net through the Tilburg University community. The deans of students are working closely together with Tilburg University Fund, indicating which students are eligible to receive emergency fund support.
- Are you a student experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the war? If so, please contact the Dean of Students.
- Are you an employee experiencing financial difficulties as a result of the war? If so, please contact the HR advisor.
Together with you, we will look for an appropriate solution.
Students may be experiencing difficulties when transferring funds. The university advises those students to transfer sufficient funds to a Dutch bank account for living expenses and tuition fees.
Emergency Fund for students
The war in Ukraine is having a great impact on students at Tilburg University.
- Students who are directly affected are not only extremely worried about family and friends but are also experiencing acute financial hardship.
- The purpose of the Emergency Fund of the Tilburg University Fund is to support these students in particular.
- We cannot do so without your help.
Study and research progress
Students coming from the affected regions and those with family or friends in the region have many concerns. This can affect your study progress. The Education and Examination Regulations and the Profile Fund contain provisions whereby (special) personal circumstances (can be) are taken into account. We are exploring ways to support students with study-related issues.
If necessary, students are actively approached to discuss this with their education coordinator and/or to report their personal circumstances to the dean of students. More information can be found on the website Study delay | Tilburg University
The current situation may entail delays in the research of PhD candidates. The Graduate School will be contacted about this.
Academic cooperation with Russia
The Universities of the Netherlands (UNL) has issued a response taking a position on academic collaborations with Russia. We are examining how the government's directives will impact our collaboration. For now we have taken the following decisions in line with the UNL’s statement.
- Research collaboration via formal partnerships and projects is suspended until further notice. No further financial transactions can be made and no further exchange of data and knowledge can be effected. No new collaboration projects will be initiated and no collective events are to take place. This does not concern informal contacts and peer-to-peer relations. Many Russian and Belarusian researchers have put their lives in jeopardy by publicly criticizing the invasion. Consequently, we are keen to give our staff full freedom to continue their existing personal correspondence with these researchers, where appropriate. Particularly in times of war and conflict, it is important for us to keep communicating with these researchers. We will have to assess on a case-by-case basis whether communication and cooperation with Russian and Belarusian researchers can be continued.
- We have informed our partner universities in Russia that we will freeze the student exchange relationship until further notice. Applications of all incoming and outgoing exchange from/to Russia for the Fall semester of the academic year 2022-2023 will be suspended until further notice.
Jobs for Ukrainian refugee academics
At the moment, there are seven vacancies at our university that could be filled by scholars who have fled the war in Ukraine. Based on certain specific requests by refugee academics, we are looking for opportunities to provide them with a work place, temporary or otherwise, within one of Tilburg University’s Schools. We are also asking our Schools to post future visiting scholar opportunities for Ukrainian refugee researchers on https://www.academictransfer.com/en/jobs/. The Executive Board supports these initiatives and has made funds available to set up guest work places for refugee researchers.
Since April 14, a platform has been operational on Academic Transfer with job openings for academics affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. It is a virtual market place where research organizations in the Netherlands can post job opportunities, temporary or otherwise, or offer facilities for refugee researchers. It also helps refugee academics find their way in Dutch academia, on the one hand, and assists academics and research organizations in the Netherlands in finding ways to help and facilitate refugee academics, on the other.
We are proud of our community who have started valuable initiatives in a very short time, showing that we support each other. We received messages from staff and students looking for ways to support members of our academic community and their families. There are several charities in society that are working to help those affected. In addition, there are initiatives by or for our own community. We also encourage our lecturers and scientists to contribute to a better world through their education and/or research. In order to inform everyone as fully as possible, an overview of relevant services and current events is given below. We are aware that this is not a complete overview, the page will be updated regularly.
- Website Dutch Government with information about the situation in Ukraine
- Together in action for Ukraine Giro 555 (Information in Dutch)
- Central page Tilburg Municipality on the situation in Ukraine (Information in Dutch)
- Protect Ukrainians on the run|Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland
- Night swimming marathon to raise money for Giro 555 (Studentendesk Tilburg)
If you still have questions after reading the above information, see where you can go for questions about:
Does your question not fit into one of the above categories, would like to join us, or have an idea for a new initiative, please send an e-mail to email@example.com. We try to respond as quickly as possible, but keep in mind that for some questions it is not possible to receive an answer immediately. At the moment, our focus is on the colleagues and students directly involved. If you have a question for the municipality of Tilburg, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read the statement of support from our Executive Board and statements from the Universities of the Netherlands and from ENGAGE.EU below: