Global Incident Response Unit established by college to coordinate response to invasion of Ukraine

The newly formed group will work to support students and staff affected by the conflict.

A Global Incident Response Unit has been established in Trinity Global to support students and staff affected by the invasion of Ukraine.

In an email to staff and students, Professor Emma K. Stokes, Vice President for Global Engagement, announced that the Response Unit will work to support both current and incoming students and staff.

Mandated by Provost Linda Doyle, the initiative will also facilitate fundraising, and provide input to sectoral responses in the college.

The email to the college community noted that college responses to the conflict must be “sustainable and genuinely useful”.

“We really appreciate the efforts of individuals across College and encourage you to keep us informed in order to ensure a consistent response.”

Students are encouraged to get in contact with the Global Incident Response Unit with suggestions or feedback about the College’s response to the conflict.

College has been vocal in its condemnation of the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation and has put in place supports for Trinity students who are Ukrainian or Russian nationals. The email noted that College continues to meet regularly with these students and to provide practical supports, advice and reassurance to those affected.

College also helped to facilitate the return of 18 students who were in Russia at the time of the invasion. Support continues to be available to these students as well.

The Irish Universities Association (IUA), of which Trinity is a member, issued a statement on Monday, which pledged robust support and complicity with international sanctions against Russia and Belarus.

“This includes suspension of the exchange of students, researchers and scientific personnel, the cessation of financial transactions and a halt to the exchange of research material, complying in full with all EU sanctions,” the statement read.

Trinity is also a member of a number of international university networks including the Coimbra Group, European University Foundation (EUF), European University Association (EUA), and has voiced its support for their positions and initiatives in the response to the war in Ukraine.

David Wolfe

David Wolfe is a Junior Sophister student of History and Political Science. He is News Editor of Trinity News, having previously served as Assistant News Editor and as copyeditor.