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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S6M-05392

Twinning Partnerships for Scottish and Ukrainian Universities

Submitted by: Sue Webber, Lothian, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Friday, July 15, 2022

Supported by: Karen Adam, Jeremy Balfour, Colin Beattie, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Finlay Carson, Sharon Dowey, Russell Findlay, Kenneth Gibson, Pam Gosal, Dr. Sandesh Gulhane, Bill Kidd, Dean Lockhart, Douglas Lumsden, Ruth Maguire, John Mason, Stuart McMillan, Edward Mountain, Douglas Ross, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Paul Sweeney, Annie Wells, Tess White, Brian Whittle

That the Parliament welcomes the recent UK-wide initiative to partner universities with Ukrainian counterparts, with an initial six Scottish universities involved in seven twinning partnerships, which, it understands, will facilitate the sharing of resources and support in a collective gesture of solidarity and reciprocity to help Ukrainian institutions, staff and students after the invasion of Ukraine; understands that universities will partner with their Ukrainian counterpart for at least five years and will include such assistance as, helping to physically rebuild campuses of Ukrainian universities that have been damaged and destroyed, mutually recognising credits so that English-speaking Ukrainian students can take online courses from UK universities that count towards their final degree, allowing Ukrainian teaching and research to continue in UK laboratories and classrooms where their own facilities were destroyed or damaged, facilitating the sharing of academic resources such as libraries and technical equipment, preserving Ukrainian archives in UK institutions, facilitating more cultural and language exchange opportunities, sharing mental health support, particularly for Ukrainian staff and students with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to conflict and allowing Ukrainian students to catch-up on the learning that they have missed at summer schools hosted in UK institutions; welcomes the decision that displaced Ukrainian students settling in Scotland will be given access to free tuition and living cost support starting from the next academic year, and wishes all students and staff impacted by the invasion the best in continuing their studies.