Nottingham Uni announces plans to repurpose unused buildings to house Ukrainian refugees

Suitable accommodation is currently being accesed

University of Nottingham has announced its plans to repurpose buildings currently unused by the university to house Ukrainian refugees.

The university has signed up as a provider organisation under the government scheme Homes for Ukraine. Suitable accommodation is currently being accessed by the university whilst they await further detail from the government.

In a post made to their website, the university said: “The university is actively looking to repurpose unused buildings to provide Ukrainian refugees with accommodation and support under the government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme.” 

The scheme enables individuals, organisations and charities to provide emergency accommodation to Ukrainians and their families who have been forced to leave their homeland. Providers who have signed up to the scheme must be able to provide accommodation to the refugees for a minimum of six months.

Ukrainian individuals arriving in the UK under this scheme will be able to live and work in the country for up to three years and have access to healthcare, benefits, employment support, education, and English language tuition.

A spokesperson for the university said: “The university has now registered as a provider organisation with Homes for Ukraine, and we are currently assessing suitable accommodation whilst we await further detail from government. We are also working on plans to enable students and postgraduate researchers from Ukraine to study with us in the UK, as well as for affected academic staff to continue their research. This may be delivered either via the Council for At-Risk Academics (CARA) or possibly our own scheme. We will confirm details just as soon as we can.”

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