History

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. She is currently Head of Carfax Educational Consultants at Carfax Education.



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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

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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.

Sep 17, 2018
Sheptytsky and Holocaust

Date: Thursday, 4 October 2018
Time: 7pm - 9pm
Venue: Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family in Exile, 22 Binney St, Mayfair, London W1K 5BQ
Admission: £10. 
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Hosted by Ukrainian Events in London and Ukrainian Institute, London.

Andrei Sheptytsky, the Metropolitan Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, is an extraordinary figure among Christian church hierarchs of the 20th century. Presiding over the Church under the Nazi occupation of Galicia during WW2, he was put into a situation where difficult compromises had to be made while struggled to remain true to the idea of a sovereign Ukrainian nation and to protect Jews during the Holocaust.

This event will bring together a Jewish academic studying Sheptytsky’s legacy and a Jewish Holocaust survivor who knew Sheptytsky and was saved by him.

Jul 1, 2018
The Revolution of Dignity - Organising a Revolution

Date: 8th July 2018

Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Venue: The Jam Factory, Oxford

You are warmly invited to a photography exhibition and panel discussion about the organisation of the Ukrainian Revolution as part of the Revolution of Dignity exhibition at The Jam Factory. The panel features prominent activists and academics involved in the revolution, offering up their own experiences and answering any questions you may have. It will be another compelling and insightful event.

Jun 10, 2018
Talk by Dmytro Kuleba: Ukrainian Ambassador to Council of Europe

Date: 19th June 2018

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Venue: Investcorp Lecture Theatre, St. Anotny's College, Oxford

“Ukraine’s Lesson of Communication Warfare” 

Join OUUS for our final event of Trinity term - a talk by Dmytro Kuleba, Ukraine's Permanent Representative to the Council of Europe. This event is co-hosted by the Centre for Russian and Eurasian Studies, at St Antony’s College. 

Ambassador Kuleba will discuss what Ukraine has learnt since 2014 about deterring external and internal communication attacks on Ukraine's society and state institutions, how communications warfare shapes Ukrainian politics, and what other countries can learn from Ukraine. The discussion will cover such issues as Russia’s meddling in Ukraine, the fragmentation of society by the means of communications, challenges of the perception of Ukraine in the West, and the problem of fake news.