Kyiv and Glasgow twinning for impact

Funded research project with NaUKMA, Ukraine

As part of the UK-Ukraine University #TwinforHope Initiative, in March 2023, the University of Glasgow (UofG) and National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy (NaUKMA) were awarded £200,000 via UUki to support research and innovation. 

This funding allowed the University of Glasgow to increase and strengthen its commitment to supporting the partnership with NaUKMA, to address research and innovation challenges, and to provide access to new resources.

We hope that the connections being created through the project will help support and build both longer-term research and innovation collaboration and capacity between the UK and Ukraine. Activities included:

Summer 2023 research mobility

As part of the project, during the summer of 2023 the University was delighted to welcome to Glasgow around 25 academics from NaUKMA for research mobility. The visiting academics are hosted by th Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences and Science and Engineering.

The research covers many areas including: Business and Finance, Chemistry, History, War Studies, Law, Physics, Linguistics, Literature, Public Relations/Communication, Social Work, Sociology, and Universities during war time.

Communicate your research - summer academy 

From 24 July to 4 August, a summer academy brought together researchers and PhD students from NaUKMA and University of Glasgow in a series of workshops and panel discussions on the following themes:

  1. You and Your Ideas
  2. Communicating Your Research
  3. Engaging Others with Your Research.

Alongside these, workshops will offer practical advice on ways to communicate research, including: articulating your strengths; using public engagement; pitching your research and building effective networks.


  • March 2023 - start of project
  • 10 July - Glasgow hosts a visit from Professor Kvit, President of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy, and colleagues
  • June-August - main period when NaUKMA colleagues visit the University of Glasgow for research.
  • 31 August 2023 - end of project and final reporting. 

Project background and aims


In 2022, UofG was twinned with NaUKMA through the Twin for Hope Twinning initiative, led by Universities UK International (UUKi) and Cormack Consultancy Group, at the request of UofG, and a formal MoU was signed in June 2022. The partnership has been characterised as one that is strategic in nature, with a focus on long-term collaboration across research, learning & teaching and mobility, rather than only short-term immediate support. Through this initiative, the institutions have supported academic exchanges and research collaborations as well a one-term mobility programme for 100 NaUKMA students to study at UofG in the 2022-23 academic year, with all accommodation, travel and stipend costs covered by UofG.

The objectives for the future are to continue the work already undertaken to date, but also to explore additional areas where the universities can collaborate, such as establishing new research partnerships in areas identified via a joint subject mapping exercise, sharing expertise and best practice at post-doctoral/early career researcher level and within professional services, and working together on joint funding bids from external awarding bodies.

Project aims

The University of Glasgow and National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy aim to expand their twinning partnership with activity centred around long-term strategic and practical collaboration.

The project focuses on maintaining and enhancing NaUKMA’s research capabilities by supporting PhDs and Early Career Researchers through dedicated training and mobility schemes, as well as providing training opportunities for academic and professional services staff.

Cultivating research collaborations across a breadth of subjects, including in Conflict Studies, with the objective of recording the living memory of the war in Ukraine and examining the social, intellectual, and economic impacts of conflict is also paramount.

Partnership video

Colleagues from UofG and the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy reflect on our strengthening partnership.