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The war in Ukraine – information for Staff

Lund University is monitoring the course of events in Ukraine and the government’s management of the situation. This web page brings together information regarding the war’s impact on the University’s activities and staff.

Latest update: 18 August 2022

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The University stands in Solidarity with Ukraine

Lund University is part of a universal community of higher education institutions and researchers that share academic values. We stand for academic freedom, freedom of speech and democracy. Student exchanges are extremely important for peace and democracy. The fact that we are now leaving collaborations that are based on these principles shows the serious situation that Ukraine is now facing and which by extension also threatens the University’s core values, as well as democracy and freedom.


Collaborations are suspended with immediate effect and no new agreements are being entered into with these countries

On 2 March 2022, the Minister for Education called on all higher education institutions in Sweden to immediately discontinue all collaborations with state institutions in Russia and Belarus.

In view of the government’s urgent request, the University has now suspended all agreements and collaborations with Russia and Belarus. No new agreements will be entered into with these countries under the current circumstances.

The University is working to receive students and researchers from Ukraine, as well as undertaking other measures to support research in Ukraine.

Collaboration agreements for education

Four ongoing student exchange agreements with higher education institutions in Russia are now suspended. These agreements are managed by External Relations and the faculties concerned.

Collaboration agreements for research

The affected institutions in Russia and Belarus are being informed. The University has around 20 collaboration agreements within research that are now suspended, and no new agreements will be entered into with these countries under the current circumstances.

Ongoing collaborations between researchers at the individual level may continue, but security policy aspects should be taken into account.

Support for Ukrainian researchers

The Government has now tasked the Swedish Research Council with gathering information on support that is available to researchers who leave Ukraine and come to Sweden. Swedish higher education institutions and research funding bodies have already launched a number of support initiatives. A comprehensive list of options is published on the Swedish Research Council website.

Support for researchers from Ukraine - Vetenskapsrådet (vr.se)

Funding for researchers from Ukraine

There are funding opportunities available for Ukrainian researchers who want a research position or similar in Sweden.

Funding opportunities for Ukrainian researchers


Security policy aspects and information security

As a citizen, you are to consider security policy aspects, above all regarding collaborations in strategically sensitive areas, for example those with links to export control of dual-use items (DUIs). This is required to prevent strategically sensitive products from ending up in the wrong hands for military purposes or for the production of weapons of mass destruction. Information and IT security also needs to be considered, see below.

Also be aware of the risk that you may be exposed to disinformation and various forms of manipulation where the aim is to create anxiety, destabilise and access sensitive information. More information about the University’s support for security assessments will be announced in due course.

You can read more on export control under Export control | Staff Pages and Information Security.

At krisinformation.se you can find information gathered from Swedish public authorities regarding what we currently know and what you can do to manage your concerns.

Be particularly alert to cyber attacks

The IT Security Division and the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) have warned about the increased risk of cyber attacks due to the tightened sanctions against Russia and urges all staff members to be particularly vigilant.

Phishing

Phishing is conducted through scam emails, which are sometimes very well made. They contain links that lead to fake websites which require log in, and where the password information when entered is immediately revealed to the fraudster. The fraudster then uses the password information to rapidly move further into the organisation.

  • Ask yourself if the sender and the message are reasonable; it is advisable to verify in another way if this is possible.
  • Do not click on links or open attachments in emails without first critically assessing the message.
  • If you are exposed to a scam, report it to abuse [at] lu [dot] se. Rapid reporting can help to mitigate the consequences.
  • If you have the slightest suspicion that anything suspect has occurred or that someone has gained unauthorised access to your information, change your password immediately and report the incident without delay.

Be extra mindful that more emails than usual may end up in the spam folder due to calibrations of the spam filter.


If you need support

The University offers help to students and staff who are affected. The prevailing situation is terrible and many staff members and students are worried and deeply concerned, in some cases directly and personally, by the war and human suffering we are now seeing.

The Occupational Health Service offers professional support to help staff members who are suffering from stress or mental health problems.

Contact the Occupational Health Service

The University’s Multifaith Chaplaincy offers support and gives comfort to all the University’s staff members and students, regardless of faith or conviction.

Contact the Multifaith Chaplaincy, as well as other religious bodies.

You can always contact your line manager for support and advice about how you are experiencing the situation and if it is affecting your work and health. You can also contact HR, your union organisation or health and safety organisation for support.

Health and safety representatives, health and safety committees | Staff Pages (lu.se)

Tips on how to manage anxiety

Many people are currently feeling very worried about the war in Ukraine. It is understandable and completely normal to feel concern, grief, anger and other emotions just now.

Tips on how to manage anxiety


Regarding business travel 

The travel advisory recommendations of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs (UD) apply to business travel. The current guidance is to avoid all trips to Russia, Belarus and Ukraine.


Other humanitarian initiatives

Many staff members and students are calling for humanitarian initiatives. Lund University’s overall initiatives are based on its core activities and work on reviewing existing collaborations, as well as possibilities for the University to open up the organisation more for Ukrainian students, academics and researchers.

Staff members and students who want to get involved are encouraged primarily to turn to the established organisations engaged in aid initiatives. There is of course the possibility for everyone to create local initiatives in the way that works best in the organisation to show their support and provide help.

Questions regarding the Consequences of the war in Ukraine

If you have questions on how the war in Ukraine can affect the University, you can email: ukraina [at] er [dot] lu [dot] se

Illustrativ Illustration. Catrin Jacobsson.

You can make a difference

Both within and outside the University, there is great interest to help students and staff members who have been affected by the war in Ukraine.

You now have the opportunity to donate money to Lund University’s initiative: 'the Lund University support programme for students and staff affected by the situation in Ukraine'.

Send your donation marked 'Ukraine' via Swish 1230299719 or bank giro 830-6599.