Research institute apologises for rejecting Russian PhD

One of Britain’s most prestigious research institutes has apologised to a young scientist who was told that an offer to her was being withdrawn because she is Russian, and is to offer her a role, writes Ben Quinn for The Guardian.

The Beatson Institute, a biological research facility in Glasgow that conducts research into the basic biology of cancer, faced criticism after it emerged that an applicant for a PhD place had been rejected on the grounds of her nationality. A message apparently sent by a member of staff at the institute, which was subsequently posted on Twitter by a friend of the applicant, said an offer to her was being withdrawn.

In a statement on Thursday, the Beatson said it did not have a policy of declining applications from Russian students on the basis of their nationality. Owen Sansom, the Cancer Research UK Beatson Institute director, said in the statement there had been “an initial misunderstanding” of restrictions, which has been addressed.
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