UK institute apologizes for discriminating against Russian – RT World News

A cancer research center in the UK has apologized for telling a student that her doctoral application had been rejected because she was Russian.

Controversy erupted when student Alisa Iakupova tweeted on Tuesday that her friend had been refused a PhD place at the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, based in Glasgow, Scotland.

Iakupova posted a screenshot of what she said was a response from the institute, which said: “I’m afraid I have to withdraw my offer. I have just been told that very recently Beatson established a new policy which I cannot name you on because you are Russian.

The letter did not elaborate on Beatson’s decision-making process, but went on to say: “I find it so unfair that what is happening in Russia affects very talented young scientists like you.”

The letter apparently alluded to the Russian military operation in Ukraine, which prompted many countries, including the UK, to impose sweeping sanctions on Moscow, and many Western institutions to abruptly cut ties with Russia.

Beatson executive Owen Sansom released a statement Thursday saying the institute “does not have a policy of refusing applications from Russian students on the basis of their nationality.” Requests are considered on a case-by-case basis, he wrote.

In this case, there was an initial misunderstanding about these restrictions, which has been resolved. We have contacted the candidate concerned to offer him a place and we apologize for the distress caused. We are reviewing our processes internally to prevent this issue from happening again.

“I hope this will serve as an example for other institutes if they decide to suddenly change their minds about hiring people of a certain nationality,” Yakupova said in response to Sansom’s statement.

A similar incident occurred in May at the University of West London (UWL), which came under fire for rejecting a masters application from a Russian woman, citing “recent events and [the] situation in Ukraine. The university said that “poor internal communication” was at fault and apologized to the applicant.

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