Message from the Vice-Chancellor: Supporting colleagues visiting the US

Posted by rmt22 at Feb 03, 2017 03:40 PM |
The US travel ban on people from various countries across the world has caused a lot of discussion. In this post, President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Boyle makes a statement on behalf of the University.

Dear colleagues

We are an international community here at Leicester.  We are proud to include colleagues and students from around the world, from many cultures and of many faiths.

Universities are places where ideas are exchanged, challenged and valued; where a commitment to learn, listen and discover matter more than where you came from. Travelling to meet and talk with peers is one of the most important tasks of scholars and is something we actively encourage.

Much of our work is shaped by the international connections we have and our community includes people from Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen – the countries named in the current US restrictions on travel.

We have already seen colleagues affected by these restrictions and like many other universities have asked our association, Universities UK, to speak out against this unfair and short-sighted order at a national and international level.

The current situation seems to be changing almost daily but colleagues who plan to travel to the US in the next 90 days on a passport issued by one of the banned countries should contact their own Embassies or the US Embassy in London. Updated information on the US Executive order appears on the US Embassy website. The university is interested to hear from colleagues and students who have been personally affected so that their experiences can give weight to our representative work through Universities UK – if you are affected directly please email Liam FitzPatrick.

Paul

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