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Statements on the invasion of Ukraine

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Our statements

Updated 11 March 2022

Cambridge University Press & Assessment continues to condemn the Russian Federation’s violent actions in Ukraine. We are passionate about our mission to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research around the world. This unjustified conflict has raised serious ethical questions as well as operational challenges to achieving our mission in the region. 

Many of the centres in Ukraine that support our learners have been converted into refuges for local residents, but we have seen evidence that schools and other places of learning have been either accidentally hit or deliberately targeted by Russian forces – such activity is deplorable. We have been in regular contact with our colleagues in the country to understand what action we should be taking. They tell us that it is currently impossible to support our learners in the country without asking individuals to put their lives at risk. We will, therefore, continue to pause our physical operations in Ukraine, hoping that these can be swiftly restarted when circumstances allow. Our online products and services remain available to all those who can access these, and we will continue to accept new learners where possible. We are also actively reviewing how else we can support our colleagues and their families, our learners, and all other citizens within Ukraine and those who have had to leave the country. 

Education has the power to unlock the potential of individuals, enrich communities and develop nations, and we want to continue to provide those opportunities where we believe it is right to do so. We have taken the decision to suspend all new activity in Russia and Belarus while the conflict continues. Our colleagues in Russia will continue to honour our existing commitments to support learners based in Russia to complete the studies and assessments they have already started while it is safe, legal and operationally possible to do so. Gaining the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow our learners to positively influence their friends, families and wider societies is in everybody’s interest. We are in discussion with the wider academic publishing community, as well as academic colleagues at the University of Cambridge, as we consider how the ongoing conflict and international sanctions impact publishing of Russian and Belarussian academic authors. 

Our thoughts continue to be with all those affected by these unconscionable events.

How we’re supporting Ukrainian learners and researchers - update 18 March 2022

Our mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research around the world. We have reviewed what direct assistance we can provide to refugees from Ukraine, and those providing educational services to them in receiving countries. We are continually reviewing our offer and will update our statement as we make further provision. 

Providing continuity for school children
It is important that school children escaping Ukraine resume their education as soon as possible. We have expertise in national curriculum mapping between countries and we will be undertaking work that will help teachers in receiving countries smooth the transition of pupils into their education systems. We are working on a subject-by-subject basis, starting with maths. We will also be mapping the Ukrainian system to our own Cambridge curriculum, so we can translate and provide materials that we will make freely available online. 

We also know from our experience during the pandemic that it will be important for teachers to attend to any mental health or social and emotional challenges encountered by children. We have a range of high-quality resources in this space that we are currently translating and will make available soon. 

Our international exam board, Cambridge International, has been working with schools to support progression for those learners in examination classes and to leverage the benefits of our school networks in Eastern Europe to ensure learning continues for displaced students and teachers. We are in regular contact with school leaders in the affected regions to understand their needs and coordinate an appropriate response.

In addition, our Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring will make all of its baseline assessments available for free to those teaching Ukrainian students until further notice. This will provide support for students from early years right through to post-16. For more information, please contact CEM-sales@cambridge.org.

Resources to help younger children learn English
[CEFR Level: Pre A1-A2]
We have pulled together a range of free resources to help younger children learn English. These include fun videos to help children aged 2-6 take their first steps into learning the language, while our Sing and Learn series is designed to help young learners remember and use new words. Our Monkey Puzzles let younger learners test their English, unlocking new games as they progress, and our learning activities help children practise their reading, writing, listening and speaking. Kahoot! allows children to have fun exploring and practising English language and reading skills, and we have a range of songs, stories, colouring worksheets and guides for parents and guardians to help them support their child’s learning

Resources to help older children and adults learn English
[CEFR Level: A1-C2]

We have more than 175 free online activities to help teenagers and adults practise their English. We also have the Cambridge dictionary, associated app and personalised vocabulary practice, as well as word lists and quizzes. Learners can use Write & Improve, a free tool developed by University of Cambridge, to improve their English writing online.

Resources to help teachers
We are providing free access to the recently published teacher’s handbook Teaching in Challenging Circumstances, with the kind agreement of the author Chris Sowton. This handbook provides practical advice for language teachers who find themselves in challenging situations, including those working with displaced people who may be suffering trauma. 

Teaching English Online MOOC is a free online course we run in partnership with FutureLearn. The course was awarded the British Council’s ELTons award in the category of ‘Innovation in teacher resources’ in 2019. Teachers who want to learn how to transfer their teaching skills to an online context and start teaching English online can access the four week course free.

Details of all our English resources are published on our Ukrainian Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CambridgeUniversityPressUkraine.

Resources for academics and researchers
Working with Research 4 Life, we have made all our academic journal content free to institutions registered in Ukraine. In collaboration with some of our publishing partners, we are also providing unrestricted access to other relevant content, including from the Association for Study of Nationalities, the American Political Science Association,  the American Society of International Law, the Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies, the Prehistoric Society, and the Central European History Society

 

1 March 2022

Everyone at Cambridge University Press & Assessment has been shocked by the Russian Federation’s invasion of Ukraine. As an organisation, we have been working swiftly to understand the difficulties faced by our colleagues and all those with whom we work in both countries, and to take whatever action we can to help ensure their safety, and that of their families and friends.

In these most challenging of times, we believe it is essential for us to continue to be led by our mission, supporting our learners, teachers and researchers in whatever ways are legal, practical, and safe. To that end, we have paused our operations in both countries temporarily (other than where we have prior and specific commitments to support teachers, learners and researchers) so that we can respond to the still emerging nature of international sanctions and consider any further action we need to take.

Our thoughts are with all those affected by these unconscionable events.

 

Read the University of Cambridge Vice-Chancellor's statement on the invasion of Ukraine