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Support for those affected by earthquakes in Turkey and Syria

14 February 2023
Flowers at the Academy Building

On this page you will find information about the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, from support options to relief efforts, as a RUG staff member or student.

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Support staff and students

Do you have any questions or are you experiencing problems with your work or studies due to the disaster in Turkey and Syria? As a staff member, you can contact your manager and as a student, you can contact your study advisor.

For staff members whose work has been affected by such events, an open office hour is held by both the occupational physician and the staff welfare section. You may attend regardless of whether or not you have reported sick. You can make an appointment by phone on +31 (0)50 363 5534 or by email at It is also possible to talk to one of our staff welfare officers online. You can make an appointment for this yourself online via Please find more information about support for staff members on My University.

Are you a PhD student? Then also have a look at the web page on PhD support.


There are also various support options for students, including (online) psychological help. For example, you can make an appointment with a student psychologist or use online self-help modules. In addition, you can contact one of the student counselors for (financial) regulations and resources. Together with you, they will look at how they can best help.

Open Office Hour students

For students who are affected by the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria, an open office hour is held by the Student Service Centre. A psychologist and student counsellor will be in attendance. You do not need to register or schedule an appointment.  

  • Date and time: Thursday 9 March, from 2-4 p.m.
  • Location: Student Service Centre, Uurwerkersgang 10 


Do you want to help the victims of the earthquake? Please consider .

Memorial 22 February

Staff and students gathered Wednesday evening, 22 February at the Academy Building to remember the victims of the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. Candles and flowers were laid. Attendees could also write in a book of remembrance.

Statement Board of the University

We were saddened and horrified to hear the awful news about the earthquakes in Turkey and Syria. At the UG too, we have many colleagues with Turkish and Syrian backgrounds, with friends or family in the affected areas. We understand that this is a difficult and uncertain time for you. Our thoughts are with you, and you have our deepest sympathies.

The Board of the University: Jouke de Vries, Cisca Wijmenga, and Hans Biemans

University of Groningen

Last modified:01 March 2023 3.17 p.m.
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