A massive earthquake struck southern Turkey and neighbouring Syria on February 7th. The 7.8-magnitude quake has killed more than 11,000 people, with numbers expected to climb. The disaster has displaced hundreds of thousands and affected millions worldwide. Acknowledging the severity of the tragedy, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Buckingham reached out to students, assuring those impacted that they are not alone.
Vice-Chancellor James Tooley says: “We have all been disturbed by the reports and the images. My thoughts and prayers are with anyone who has been affected. I know in the immediate aftermath that you may be upset and so need to talk to a friend or colleague. Please don’t worry in silence – do reach out, and if there is any way I or any colleague can be of assistance, do let us know.”
University resources within the Wellbeing, Skills and Diversity Department may be utilized by those seeking assistance. Counselling, mentoring, GP support, and help with mitigating circumstances are available.
Tooley added: “I am thinking of you and your families at this distressing time, and as a University, we will be looking into ways to help those affected.”
You can book an appointment on the Wellbeing Skills and Diversity triage portal to access any of these services. Alternatively, you can call +44 (0)1280 820175.
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