We continue to be shocked and saddened by the scenes we see in the news and on social media in Ukraine. We are working closely with Canterbury City Council, the University of Kent, and local schools and colleges to ensure a coordinated and joined up approach of support is given.

Canterbury for Ukraine is a local community group providing support to Ukrainians and host families and some of our staff are part of this group.  

Supporting our students and staff

If you have been affected by events in Ukraine then you may wish to seek support from our Student Wellbeing team or the Chaplaincy.

Support for displaced Ukrainians who are settling in East Kent

Canterbury Christ Church University is offering free English as a second language classes for to displaced Ukrainians in the local area. The University will continue accepting new students. If you know Ukrainian family in the area who may benefit from these classes please forward this information to them and ask to complete the application form below.

Please fill out the application form.

UniTemps are ready to accept applications and help you find work. This includes hospitality, event and tourism as well as vacancies across CCCU.

If you need help applying for work, our Careers and Enterprise Team can help you write British standard CV/resumes and complete job applications. You can access our online Careers and Enterprise Hub which provides lots of useful resources including videos, a CV builder (CV360) that also using AI software to score your CV against systems used by UK based recruitment companies, a platform for interview preparation and a job search engine.

You can also have a human pair of eyes look over your CV and job application at our Drop In service in Augustine House, or via our careers@canterbury.ac.uk inbox.

Support for students from Ukraine who wish to study at CCCU

We recognise that you may not be able to provide transcripts or certificates from previous studies or obtain references in support of your application. Therefore, if you would like to be considered for a place on one of our courses then please:

  • Email clearing@canterbury.ac.uk with as much information as possible about your previous studies and work experience. Please let us know which course you would be interested in studying.
  • If you have copies of your previous qualifications or transcripts it would be helpful to include these with your email

If you would like to complete a postgraduate research degree (MA/MSc by Research or MPhil/PhD) with us the Graduate College would be pleased to discuss your application. Please email the academic lead for postgraduate research degrees, Dr Simon O'Leary (simon.oleary@canterbury.ac.uk), to discuss your proposed research topic.

Financial support for students studying at a Higher Education Provider in England

The UK government confirmed on 27 April 2022 that it will be introducing a new category of person who will be entitled to pay fees at the 'home' rate and receive Student Support for your tuition fees and living costs. You may be eligible if you’ve been granted leave to enter or remain in the UK under the Ukraine Family Scheme, the Homes for Ukraine Sponsorship Scheme or the Ukraine Extension Scheme.

This category will exist from 1 August 2022.

Students applying for Postgraduate courses may be eligible for a Postgraduate loan.

Settling into life at CCCU

The International team can help support students with peer to peer networks, and informal induction and campus/city tours. To arrange these please contact international@canterbury.ac.uk for the Attention of Stephen Lamyman.

Christ Church Students' Union exists to empower, encourage and support every CCCU student. They offer a wide range of sports clubs and student-led societies, bringing together students with common interests, running fun events and helping your personal and career development. They represent your interests within the University, within the city and nationally within the UK through the National Union of Students. They also provide independent advice, support and advocacy if you are encountering problems during your time at University. There are lots of ways to get involved, and you can find out more on the CCSU website.

Wider support for displaced people

This is part of our wider work to support displaced academics and students from other countries due to war and other humanitarian crises. We are a member of CARA (Council at Risk for Academics), and through this mechanism, work to host and fund academics whose lives are in danger, including Syria. We also work with other universities at a national level, through Universities UK and MillionPlus, to lobby and work with the government to provide support for academics and students.

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