The University of Kentucky International Center (UKIC) has been in contact with all registered UK students studying in the United Kingdom after the appalling bombing that took place yesterday at a concert in Manchester. All those studying in Manchester and nearby universities are safe and accounted for.
“We’ve been in touch with our students via multiple communication channels. Those within Manchester and the immediate vicinity have been accounted for,” said Miko McFarland, executive director of Education Abroad & Exchanges at UK. “Students have been reminded of our emergency protocols and advised to follow the directions of local authorities, as well as to defer any non-essential travel to the Manchester area until the situation normalizes. We’ve also offered our support, and encourage students and their families to contact us if they have further concerns.”
UK routinely collects on-site contact information for all students who engage in international study under its auspices, and also emergency contact information, so that officials can move as quickly as possible to confirm students’ whereabouts and their safety. UK also collects information on faculty and staff who travel internationally through a travel registry in order to respond in the event of an emergency.
“The UK community stands with the people of Manchester at this time, and our thoughts are with the victims, their families and friends, and all those who have been impacted by this despicable act,” said Sue Roberts, associate provost for Internationalization at UK. “Our priority remains the same – the safety of our students, faculty and staff while they are pursuing transformative experiences outside the U.S."