Supporting our students and staff affected by the Japanese earthquake and tsunami

We have all been very shocked to hear the terrible news of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan and surrounding countries and our thoughts are with all who have been affected, directly and indirectly, by this devastating disaster.

If you feel we can help you in any way, we will do everything we can to do so.

Help for staff or students currently in Japan or other affected areas

If any staff or students are directly affected by the earthquake or Tsunami, assistance and medical advice can be obtained swiftly through the emergency helpline provided by the University travel insurer. Details:

  • Chubb Assistance 24 Hour Emergency Helpline: 0207 8953364.
  • Policy number 64796130

Staff travelling to Japan on University business

Anyone planning to travel to Japan on University business in the near future should check the foreign office website before travelling to confirm there are no travel restrictions. For any further advice please contact the University Insurance office on 01274 233133 or 01274 233061.

Further support

Any of the services listed below are available if you wish to contact them on an individual basis:


The Counselling Service

Student Central, Level 01, Learning Mall

Tel: 01274 235750, email:

International Student Adviser

Sue Baker, International Office, The Hub

Tel: 01274 233080, email:

Students Union and Students Union Advice Centre

Student Central, Level 01

Any of the staff and sabbatical officers

Tel: 01274 233300/233248/233249, email:

Faith Advisors

A full list can be found via the following link

Student Safety and Welfare Coordinator

Sara Blagbrough, Learner Development Unit, Chesham Building,

Tel: 01274 236883, Email:


The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO)

Britain’s Foreign Office has now set up a helpline for anyone in the UK worried about friends or relatives in Japan affected by the earthquake and tsunami: Tel: 020 7008 0000.


Embassy of Japan
101-104 Piccadilly
London W1J 7JT

Tel: 020 7465 6500; Fax:  020 7491 9348

Outside  of normal office hours, please ring the main Embassy of Japan number 020 7465 6500 to be put in touch with the duty officer.


University Helpline
The University has also launched a helpline available at all times: 07767 492 018

Friday, March 11th, 2011 in News