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Petition seeks to protect staff from outside the UK

A petition created by De Montfort University, in Leicester, to protect the rights of European Union nationals working at UK universities has attracted more than a thousand signatures since it went online.

The university launched a campaign on 29 June to “celebrate and reassure” staff living and working at universities around Britain following the vote to leave the EU. The petition calls on the government and Conservative leadership candidates to ensure that EU staff can continue to work in the UK in the long term.

The petition says: “We urgently need the government to reassure all EU employees of UK universities that their lives and their vital work on behalf of UK higher education will not be disrupted by any changes to their residency status. While we recognise that the issue of residency rights does not just affect universities but all sectors, this is an area we feel we can best influence and hope other sectors will follow suit.”

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