A message from Vice-Chancellor, Professor Quintin McKellar on the Israel-Gaza conflict

 1 January 2024 10 October 2023
10 October 2023

Like many across the world, we watched in horror as the events in Israel unfolded this weekend. As an institution, we do not condone any acts of violence, and our thoughts go out to the many victims affected by the current Israel-Gaza conflict.

As a global community, with students and staff representing countries and people from around the world, we know that members of our university will be affected by these ongoing events. We would encourage everyone who may be impacted to make use of the support available at Herts.

We would urge any students who are struggling to get in touch with our Chaplaincy, the Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Office or Student Wellbeing Team. If you are a member of staff, you can speak to your line manager with any concerns, or alternatively use our Employee Assistance Programme, HealthHero Assist, who provide confidential counselling and information services. You can also contact our EDI Office or the Chaplaincy.

The University of Hertfordshire is committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, welcoming and safe environment for all – whoever you are and whatever your background – and at times of conflict, it’s even more important that we pull together as a community. We have a zero-tolerance policy to any behaviours that go against these values and will not condone​​ any form of hate or discrimination.

We will continue to monitor this tragic situation and take any further action as required.

Quintin McKellar


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