British Students Abroad: Russia and Ukraine

Department for Education written question – answered on 25th April 2022.

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Photo of Bridget Phillipson Bridget Phillipson Shadow Secretary of State for Education

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, pursuant to the Answer of 29 March 2022 to Question 146609 on British Students Abroad: Russia and Ukraine, what assessment he has made of the capacity in UK universities to enable students who were in Ukraine and Russia to transfer to courses in the UK in accordance with the approach outlined in that Answer; and if he will make it his policy to issue updates on that matter through regular Ministerial Statements.

Photo of Michelle Donelan Michelle Donelan Minister of State (Department for Education) (Higher and Further Education)

Universities in Ukraine are striving to maintain the education of their students under extremely challenging conditions. The department is working closely with the Medical Schools Council and the Council of Deans of Health who are liaising with universities in Ukraine. This is to help ensure online learning materials are available to medical students to continue their education remotely.

Universities in England are autonomous and responsible for their own admissions. However, I have urged higher education (HE) providers to look at how they can support students returning from Ukraine to continue their studies in the UK and show as much flexibility as possible.

Individuals will need to consider their own circumstances and what is right for them. Students who wish to explore their options with HE providers in England should engage in conversations with their preferred provider to understand the full range of options available specifically to them. This may include studying related courses in the biological sciences or subjects allied to medicine.

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