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Durham reviews ties with UAE

Durham University is reviewing its relations with the United Arab Emirates, alongside reviews by other UK universities and their staff, as the government of the UAE announced long-term visas to try to attract exceptional researchers from overseas.

The backlash came as the UAE government announced on 26 November that Matthew Hedges, a British PhD student associated to Durham University who had been sentenced to life imprisonment on charges of spying, had been granted clemency.

Durham, where Hedges is completing his PhD, confirmed that despite Hedges’ release it is still advising a moratorium on travel to the UAE for non-UAE staff and students. “The university is examining all relationships we currently have with the UAE,” it said.

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