Founders

We believe that this Society will become an integral part of Oxford’s academic and cultural life and will contribute to the formation of Ukrainian intellectual elite.

Roman Zaviyskyy, Eleonora Suhoviy


In winter of 2004, two Ukrainian students from Lviv, Eleonora Suhoviy and Roman Zaviyskyy, having met at Oxford, resolved to establish a Ukrainian Society promoting Ukrainian culture and intellectual heritage within Oxford University.

We were faced with various difficulties during the lengthy process of drafting our Constitution and registering the Society, yet our efforts were finally greeted with success as we gathered a group of dedicated students passionate about involvement in the Society.

Roman Zaviyskyy graduated from the Lviv Theological Academy (now Ukrainian Catholic University) in 1999 and earned a master’s degree and licentiate at the Catholic University of Leuven (formerly known as Louvain) in Belgium. He then taught theology at UCU and in 2005 started doctoral studies at Oxford. He completed his doctorate in Theology in 2011 and presently is a Professor at the Ukrainian Catholic University. In addition to founding the society Roman was the first President of the OUUS and is a trustee of Ukr-Aid, a charitable organisation. He lives and works in Lviv, together with his wife and son.

Eleonora Suhoviy is from L’viv, where she studied at the Specialist Music Boarding school named after Solomia Krushelnytska, before moving to the U.K. to continue her education. Having matriculated at Oxford University, Eleonora became actively engaged with a number of student societies that focused on domestic and foreign policy and debated current social, political and cultural issues. She also won a landmark immigration case which received wide national and international media coverage, and she continues being interested in law. After completing her studies, Eleonora worked for one of the largest public sector organizations, and subsequently moved into the field of education, which has always been one of her main passions.  For over a decade she was Principal Consultant and Head of Carfax Consultants at Carfax Education. She is a U.K. represenative of the Professional Government Association of Ukraine.



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Mar 20, 2019
Event Series: "Depicting Donbas: Creative and Critical Responses to the War in Ukraine".

Date: Thursday, 25 April 2019

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm

Venue: UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies.

Date: Friday, 26 April 2019

Time: 10am - 4.45pm and 7pm - 9pm

Venue: Birkbeck School of Arts and Centre for Contemporary Theatre

The Birkbeck School of Arts and UCL SEES will host a series of three events over two days exploring how artists across genres are responding to the ongoing military conflict in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.

Register here.

Feb 20, 2019
Marci Shore Talk: "The Ukrainian Night: An Intimate History of Revolution".

Date: Friday, 1 March 2019

Time: 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Venue: Deakin Room, St. Antony's College, Oxford, OX2 6JF.

Join us to hear Marci Shore discuss her newest book. Marci Shore is an Associate Professor of History at Yale University, and is currently a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Human Scienes in Vienna. She focuses on intellectual history of Central and Eastern Europe, and is the author of several books and articles published in the New York Times, the Neworker, the Economist and others.

Jan 14, 2019
Sviatoslav Vakarchuk Talk: 'Real Changes in Ukraine - a Must for a Successful Future'.

Date: Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Time: 7pm - 8pm

Venue: the Atkee Suite, Porticullis House, Bridge Street, Westminster, SW1A 2LW

To attend RSVP to secretariat@britishukrainiansociety.org

The British Ukrainian Society is delighted to host a talk by Sviatoslav Vakarchuk, lead singer and founder of Okean Elzy, social activist and philantropist, in which he will discuss the necessity of new leaders and a new political culture in Ukraine, the rule of law and justice.

Nov 4, 2018
Serhiy Zhadan: Ukraine's Enfant Terrible

Date: Monday, 12th November 2018

Time: 7pm - 8.15pm

Venue: Knowledge Centre, The British Library,

96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

Fee: £10

Book here

An evening with one of Ukraine's most iconic contemporary writers: poet, intellectual and ska ban frontman Serhiy Zhadan.

Chaired by Eastern Europe specialist Uilleam Blacker of University College London.

Organized by the British Library in partnership with Ukrainian Institute in London.