Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute discriminates then apologies for rejecting Russian applicant

12th August

The Beatson Institute is a Scottish registered charity in Glasgow funded and supported by Cancer Research UK

The email had read: “The Beatson has established a new policy upon which I am unable to appoint you because you are Russian.” Owen Sansom, Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute director, said the organisation “does not have a policy of declining any applications from Russian students on the basis of their nationality”.

Owen Sansom, Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute director, said the organisation “does not have a policy of declining any applications from Russian students on the basis of their nationality”…“Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis and offers are always reviewed against external checks, such as visa requirements or UK government sanctions…“In this case there was an initial misunderstanding of these restrictions, which has been addressed.”

Sansom said the organisation has contacted the applicant involved to offer them a place and “have apologised for any distress caused”. He added it is reviewing processes internally to prevent this issue from occurring again in future.

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[Updated statement from University of West London] – London based student from Russia denied Masters place at University of West London

26th May

Updated statement from University of West London, saying it was an error.

25th May

A Russian woman has been discriminated against and denied a place on a Masters in luxury Hospitality Management by University of West London, with the university saying

her application to study at the institution would not be taken further due to “the recent events and situation in Ukraine”.

University of West London

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Automated anti-Russian messages appear at University of Helsinki

23rd March

“a university in Finland has been targeted by a “disinformation operation” that has seen automated bots post thousands of anti-Russian messages to its social media pages, writes Tom Bateman for Euronews Next.

The messages, which began appearing on Monday 21 March, call on the University of Helsinki to effectively sanction its Russian students and staff, withdraw scholarships and even stop accepting students from Russia altogether. The university, which is the largest in Finland, said on Wednesday that it suspected the messages were the result of an organised campaign.”

University World News, published by UK Higher Education web publishing

Dostoevksy banned then reinstated

22nd March

A university in Italy has backtracked on a decision to postpone a course about the work of Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky following a backlash. However Paolo Nori decided to give up the course on Dostoevsky at the Bicocca University of Milan and has been invited by other universities to hold the course.

L’Unione Sarda, in Sardinia