Bridge illuminated in solidarity with Ukrainian people
4 March 2022
Tonight, the iconic Hertford bridge has been illuminated in the colours of the Ukrainian flag as an act of solidarity with the people of Ukraine and of condemnation of the Russian invasion. The bridge will remain illuminated every night until the end of term.
As well as this symbol of solidarity, the college is collaborating with the Oxford Polish Association (chaired by college Accounts Clerk, Ewa Gluza) to facilitate donations of essential goods for Ukrainians and underwrite the cost of their transport through Poland. Ewa is working hard to collect clothes, food and books and is welcoming donations in college – find out what is needed on the OPA website. Next week, we will continue to organise meetings in the marquee for those who wish to discuss the ongoing crisis. The Principal, alongside fellows from Ukraine and Poland, will be on standby to answer questions and join the discussion.
Later this month we will be launching the Porter Centre for Diplomacy. Among other initiatives, the centre will look at how we support peacebuilding and conflict prevention, through research and practical action. It will also offer scholarships for those displaced by conflict. Meanwhile, the Lent photography exhibition in the Chapel traces the emotional journey of refugees and next term’s Chapel collections will go towards UNICEF’s Ukraine Appeal.
Special thanks go to Clerk of Works Chris Gillham and the maintenance team for organising the logistics of the lighting.
MCR President Teresa Taylor, Principal Tom Fletcher, JCR President Eloise George
The bridge illuminated in the Ukrainian colours of blue and yellow