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Monday, 26 September 2022 06:44 GMT

British institute issues apology for citing Russian nationality


(MENAFN) Having informed a student that her PhD application had been turned down because she is Russian, a UK cancer research facility has issued an apology.

The uproar started when student Alisa Iakupova tweeted on Tuesday that her friend had been turned down for a PhD position at Glasgow, Scotland's Beatson Institute for Cancer Research.

Iakupova shared a screenshot of what she stated was a react from the institute, which claimed that “I am afraid that I have to withdraw my offer. I have just been told that very recently Beatson has established a new policy upon which I am unable to appoint you because you are Russian.”

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

The letter reportedly made reference to Russia's military campaign in Ukraine, which led many nations, including the UK, to sanction Moscow harshly and caused many Western institutions to sever ties with Moscow overnight.

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