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GU Statement in Support of Asiya Islam

last modified Feb 24, 2020 03:35 PM
The Graduate Union calls upon the UK Government to reverse their decision to refuse our former member and Newnham research fellow, Asiya Islam, indefinite leave to remain in the UK.

Asiya Islam has been a UK resident for more than 10 years. She studied at LSE before coming to Cambridge, and in 2015 she began her PhD in our Sociology department. This year she has been offered a three-year junior research fellowship, but now the Home Office has denied her application for indefinite leave to remain as she comes to the end of her Tier 4 post-graduate visa and has told her she will have to leave the country. This is all because she spent time abroad doing essential ethnographic research for her PhD, and she now only has ten working days before her current visa expires.

This kind of punitive implementation of border controls has no place in our Universities. Asiya should be free to stay in the UK to continue her academic career, and should under no circumstances be forced to leave the country. We’re calling on the University to take a stance on her behalf, and to prove that their constant commitments to equality and diversity are not just empty words by providing full support to Asiya at this time. 

 You can show your support by joining Asiya, Cambridge UCU and Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner at the Home Office on Tuesday 21st January. See more details here: