Durham University’s PhD student Matthew Hedges sentenced to life in prison in UAE

We are saddened to hear the shocking news that today, Matthew Hedges (Durham University PhD student) has been sentenced in UAE to life imprisonment.  BBC – live updates https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/uk-england-tyne-46238426 BBC – article https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-46288510 FT: https://www.ft.com/content/53ceb434-ed7c-11e8-8180-9cf212677a57 The Independent: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/matthew-hedges-jailed-life-sentence-court-trial-uae-abu-bhabi-british-academic-a8644476.html   According to FT, his sentencing is for ‘allegedly spying on behalf of the UK Government’; a family spokesman said that […]

Continue Reading

University of Birmingham managers refuse to lobby the UAE for Matthew Hedges’ release ‖ MP raises concerns with David Eastwood ‖ A vigil will be held on 19th November

We are deeply concerned about the safety of staff and students on the Dubai campus. We wrote a letter to the university with a series of questions and reassurances that we need from them (the letter is available here http://uobunison.org.uk/letter-dubai-campus) but all we received was a vague response with a series of links to intranet pages.  […]

Continue Reading

[Guardian article] University of Birmingham warned of risk to LGBT rights at Dubai campus

This is just a quick post to flag up an article published by The Guardian on the University of Birmingham’s Dubai campus: It reads: ‘Staff and students at the University of Birmingham have warned that LGBT rights are not adequately protected at its new campus in Dubai where being gay or transgender risks imprisonment, flogging and execution. They have […]

Continue Reading

News from other UK campuses

News from other UK campuses (and Glasgow City): It is the National Living Wage day today and the new Living Wage rates are out. Why are the University management still refusing to make the University a LW Accredited employer? It is incredibly disappointing that the University of Birmingham management are still refusing to seek accreditation, […]

Continue Reading