Dear Staff and Students,

 

As has happened across the world, our thoughts and feelings have turned to Nepal, Bangladesh, the Tibetan Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China and India in the wake of the earthquake which has claimed many lives and caused widespread destruction.

 

The University has strong ties to these countries – with hundreds of students and staff for whom the region is their country of origin.

 

People from these countries, and those with friends and families there, will be concerned at this time and we are eager to offer our support where possible.

People looking for family can register their names on the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) family links website: www.familylinks.icrc.org

People looking for missing Australians should contact the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade on 1300 555 135 (within Australia) or +61 2 6261 3305 (outside Australia) or via SMS on+61 421 269 080.

To donate money to the Red Cross Earthquake Relief Appeal, go to: https://donations.redcross.org.au/SGOrders/Create and select Nepal Region Earthquake.

 

If people would like to stay informed about activities that University staff and students will be coordinating to support our Nepalese community through the Community Friends and Networks Program, please go to:

SOUTH: https://www.facebook.com/UTASunifriends?fref=nf

NORTH: https://www.facebook.com/utasunimates?fref=ts

 

 

University counselling services are also available to students. For information about this service please go to http://www.utas.edu.au/students/counselling

 

Staff counselling services can be accessed by telephoning 1800 650204.  This is a free and confidential service.

 

Updates will be issued to the University website in the days ahead and, again, our thoughts are with everyone at this very trying time.

 

Yours,

 

Professor Mike Calford,

Provost and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International).

 

Professor David Sadler,

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Education)