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Birmingham reacts to academic boycott of Dubai campus

The University of Birmingham has said it will continue to review its advice for staff and students thinking about working on its Dubai campus, following an academic boycott.

In a statement sent to Research Professional, a spokesperson for the university said that its priority was the safety of its staff and students at its new Dubai campus—both those who are based permanently in Dubai and those who travel to Dubai to carry out research, teaching or administration. 

On 24 November, members of the University and College Union’s branch at the university voted unanimously in favour of a boycott of Birmingham’s Dubai campus, following the sentencing of the British academic Matthew Hedges, who has since been pardoned, in the United Arab Emirates. 

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