University response to the situation in Sudan


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The collegiate University offers its deepest sympathy and support to any student or staff member affected by the situation in Sudan.

Professor Anne Trefethen has written to all University staff with Sudanese nationality, and Professor Martin Williams and Kathy Noren, Director of Student Welfare and Support Services, have written to all students with Sudanese nationality, offering support and practical advice. Some key resources have also been shared with them, which can be found below.

Welfare support 

There are a number of welfare services available to provide support to you at this time, confidentially and free of charge. The Looking after you webpage summarises these. Please speak to your line manager, supervisor or a colleague to ask for support if these events are affecting you.

Here are further details of a few resources:

  • If you feel anxious or in distress and want to speak to someone outside the University, Samaritans is an independent listening service – always available 24/7 by telephone or online chat.
  • If you want to speak to a mental health professional now, the NHS Mental Health Helpline is open 24/7 for people who need mental health care when their situation is not life-threatening.
  • Togetherall is an NHS-approved service providing mental health support 24/7 to staff and students, wherever you are in the world. Register free with your Oxford email to talk online to a mental health professional using the ‘message a Wall Guide’ feature, or connect with other staff and students through online forums.
  • Oxford Safe Haven offers short-term support out of hours for people in Oxfordshire who are experiencing a mental health crisis including suicidal thoughts, via telephone and face-to-face support.
  • The University’s Counselling Service has prepared guidance for staff on coping with a traumatic event.
  • Other information that you may find helpful can be found on the Mental health crisis webpage.