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This page provides information about Trinity’s response to the invasion of Ukraine, as well as advice and support for staff and students.

This page will be regularly updated. Last updated: 16 March

Trinity condemns the invasion of Ukraine by the Russian Federation and stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people at this most difficult time. A peaceful resolution to the conflict is needed.

This is a moment of crisis but it is also a moment of solidarity. As a European university with many ties to sister universities, as a University of Sanctuary and an active member of the Scholars at Risk network, Trinity is exploring ways of providing further practical assistance.

For the past few weeks, the front of Trinity was be lit in the Ukrainian colours and this will continue after the Patrick’s Day weekend. Trinity stands with Ukraine. Ní neart go cur le chéile.

What we are doing and how you can help

The Provost has established a ‘Global Incident Response Unit’ within Trinity Global, which will coordinate our response to this crisis, and to future international crises. Please share your ideas and suggestions with this unit by emailing

Trinity's expert commentary on Ukraine

Trinity academics have written and spoken about the invasion of Ukraine and the impacts of the current crisis. The following is a selection of those articles.

Current Articles

Members of the media should contact college spokesperson Catherine O’Mahoney at for a list of experts.

How to help

In terms of making donations, it is important that we are following the advice of the experts. For instance, the Irish Red Cross is now advising the public not to send goods for donation. It is important that what we do is genuinely useful. Those who wish to contribute financially may donate to appropriate organisations such as:

Information for staff and students

We have no students in Ukraine but we have students from Ukraine in Trinity who have been experiencing anxiety and distress. All students in Trinity who list Ukraine as their nationality have been in regular contact with the VP for Global Engagement, the International Student Experience manager, the President of the Students Union and the Pro Senior Tutor. They are being offered practical supports. The Pro Senior Tutor has, in turn, contacted all College tutors that have students in their chambers from impacted countries. A WhatsApp group has also been created to facilitate daily communication with the students.

The Trinity Global team is also holding regular video meetings for Trinity students in Russia and assisting with travel arrangements and other support needs for those who are leaving Moscow and St Petersburg. In addition, the Senior Lecturer has been liaising with the academic departments of these students to ensure their academic journey is not adversely impacted by their departure from Russia. We are also liaising with the relevant embassies and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Student welfare

University of Sancturary

Trinity is a University of Sanctuary and is part of the Scholars at Risk network. A team is meeting to develop a tangible response. We will support the needs of our existing students who may have difficulty returning home in the months ahead, and we will examine other meaningful supports.

Support for staff

We have people of both Ukrainian and Russian nationality working in Trinity and this is a difficult time for them all. Through the HR Partners in each Faculty and Division, we have reached out to Heads of School and School Managers to assure staff affected that all the supports of the College (EAP Services and College Counselling) are available should they need it. More supports may be needed and we will endeavour to provide these wherever we can. As always, we are committed to ensuring the College is an environment where all our staff are supported and treated with dignity.

Staff welfare

  • Staff may avail of confidential support from the Employee Assistance Programme: Employee Assistance Programme – Human Resources – Trinity College Dublin (
  • Any member of the College community can access support from the 24 hour crisis Text line by texting TCD to 50808 – please note this line is available at 24 hours a day including weekends.

Useful links

  • The Irish Universities Association, of which Trinity is a member, is coordinating a response from the country’s main universities. Firther information may be found at
  • The Department for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science is responsible for issues relating to grants, fees etc for those fleeing the war. The Department's latest thinking of these and other issues can be seen here.
  • The official response from the irish government can best be understood by referring to the Department of Foreign Affairs website