Date published: April 23, 2019

Message regarding recent events in Sri Lanka

We are deeply saddened and shocked by the cowardly bomb attacks in hotels and churches in Sri Lanka that occurred over the Easter Weekend. Our sincere thoughts are with all those who lost their lives and were injured as well as with their family and friends.

The University of Salford has a long and deep-rooted connection with Sri Lanka where we have a large student and alumni community through our successful and valued partnerships. We would like to express our sympathy and solidarity with everyone affected at this distressing time.

Some of you may have family or friends in Sri Lanka. We are here for you. If you or anyone you know needs to access that support, you can contact askUS as your first port of call. Visit the desk at University House, go online, or call 01612 950 023. Online self-help can be found on our Wellbeing & Counselling webpages. Our Faith Centre provides a quiet space if you need a place for contemplation and our chaplains are there to support you if you need it. Anyone who has travel plans to or from Sri Lanka over the coming weeks should contact the Travel Office for advice.

Along with other colleagues our Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Richard Stephenson is currently scheduled to preside over our annual graduation ceremony in Sri Lanka celebrating the talent, ambition and successes of our students and alumni in July. We cannot and will not allow the malice and hate of others prevent us from continuing to provide life-changing opportunities and making a positive difference across the world.

As members of our University community, we are sure you will join us in condemning acts of hate that should have no place in our world and ensuring we provide anyone in our university community who has been impacted by these tragic events with all the necessary support. A book of condolence is available to sign in the reception area of Maxwell Building until Friday, 10 May 2019.

askUS Team

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