Get to know UCU: open day and alumni event for the Ukrainian Catholic University, 10 March 2020

DATE & TIME: Tuesday 10 March, 6.30pm
LOCATION: 79 Holland Park, London, W11 3SW
Free registration via eventbrite

Join us to learn more about opportunities to study and volunteer at Ukraine’s top independent university. 

With a wide array of undergraduate and masters programmes, summer schools, world-class teaching and outstanding facilities, the Ukrainian Catholic University is a leading academic and cultural hub in Ukraine. It is open to students of all faiths, and has an excellent programme for international students.

This event will feature a presentation from UCU's senior vice-rector Taras Dobko about the programmes the university offers, including short courses at its acclaimed Ukrainian Language School, and opportunities to volunteer to teach English at UCU’s summer camp or for a year-long programme.

We will also hear from Robert Brinkley, Former UK Ambassador to Ukraine (2002 – 2006), about his work with UCU as a member of the university senate. UCU alumni and previous volunteers will discuss their experiences, and there will be chance to ask questions whilst enjoying some refreshments!

The event is also an opportunity to bring together friends of UCU and university alumni in London, and to hear about the latest news from UCU. We hope you can come along!

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Witnessing! Serving! Communicating!

Read more about UCU on their website, and in their 2018-19 Rector's Report

Organised in partnership with the Ukrainian Catholic Foundation, a charity registered in England and Wales established to support the Ukrainian Catholic University and its related institutes.


Taras Dobko, PhD

Taras is Senior Vice-Rector at the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU); he is also Associate Professor of Philosophy in the UCU Department of Philosophy. He teaches academic courses on argumentation and critical thinking; theory of knowledge and rationality; phenomenology of religion. He has 20 years of administrative and teaching experience in higher education, including international experience in cooperation projects all over Europe and North America. Since 2015, he has been a member of the National Team of Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE) in Ukraine. In 2019 he became a member of the Advisory Council for the Ministry of Education and Science in Ukraine. He is also a member of the Supervisory Board of the Lviv City Institute. He is an expert in issues of quality assurance in higher education, academic culture and its role in advancing the governance of the university.


Robert Brinkley, CMG
Robert is an honorary senator of the Ukrainian Catholic University (UCU) - having been a senator from 2013 to 2019 - and chairman of Ukrainian Institute London, which is affiliated to UCU. He was a British diplomat for 34 years, and served as Ambassador to Ukraine (2002 – 2006) and as High Commissioner to Pakistan (2006 – 2009). He had previously had two postings in Moscow (both in Russia and in the Soviet Union), as well as positions in Bonn, Geneva and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London. Since leaving government service in 2011, Robert Brinkley has built a portfolio with charity, education and international dimensions. As well as his work with UCU and Ukrainian Institute London, he chairs the steering committee of the Chatham House Ukraine Forum. Until 2018 he was chairman of The BEARR Trust, a British charity which supports small health and social welfare groups in Russia, Eastern Europe, Central Asia and the South Caucasus.  He is a trustee of the Keston Institute, which studies religion in Communist and former Communist countries.  He chairs the Advisory Board of the University College London School of Slavonic and East European Studies.