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Support for those affected by the recent earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

The student and staff community at the University of Edinburgh wishes to express our solidarity with all of those affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

How we are supporting students

We are in contact with students from Turkey and Syria to offer support and will connect with support services where students identify specific needs.

Support for students and staff

Here are some University Services which can offer relevant support to members of our community affected by the disaster.

The University Chaplaincy 

The Chaplaincy offers support to staff and students. The Listening Service at the Chaplaincy is currently operating 24/7  for students who need someone to talk to about their concerns or anxieties.

Staff Health and Wellbeing Hub

The Hub brings together the variety of health and wellbeing support and services available to staff including how to access help in a crisis.

Student Wellbeing Services

The Wellbeing Service offers a variety of health and wellbeing support and services for students.

Emergency student support contacts

For urgent help requests.

Wardens and the ResLife team

Students who live in University accommodations can also seek support from their Resident Assistant, warden, or ResLife team.


Financial donations and fundraising

If you'd like to donate, these organisations support communities that have been affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria:


If you want to make a financial donation, the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) website has a coordinated fundraising appeal where you can donate.

Visit the DEC appeal


Our partner, Cara, (the Council for At-Risk Academics)  is launching an urgent appeal to support participants of Cara’s Syria Programme, exiled Syrian academics who have lived in Turkey for years with their families and have been affected by the devastating earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.

Visit Cara's website appeal


If you wish to fundraise yourself, the Edinburgh Student's Charity Appeal (ESCA) team can offer tools and support for doing so.  They may also have information about other fundraising efforts.

Visit the Edinburgh Students' Charity Appeal (ESCA)

Donating with impact

A  list of reliable organisations for 'donating with impact' has been compiled by the Refugee Studies Centre at the University of Oxford.

View the list

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross has provided contact information for tracing missing family members in Turkey and Syria.

 Visit the America Red Cross' website

Community groups 

The University of Edinburgh Turkish Community 

The University of Edinburgh Turkish Community has been fundraising to support those affected in Turkey.

Visit the community's Instagram page

Association of Turkish Alumni and Students in Scotland

The ATAS has organised a food and clothing donation drive. There are various drop points in Edinburgh. Visit the ATAS Facebook page to learn more

ATAS Facebook page