I have said in recent messages to staff and students that the University is keen to communicate news and developments in relation to the EU referendum result.
With that in mind, I would like to let you know that answers to a range of questions can be found on the University’s website at: http://www.cam.ac.uk/eu
Here you will find the latest positions on a range of topics, including EU research funding, future applications to Horizon 2020, student fees, the Erasmus programme, and answers to other questions. We will be adding to this site in the coming weeks and months. In the meantime, feedback and further questions can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I would also like to reiterate our ongoing support to staff and students who have come to Cambridge from within the EU.
There has been much political discussion this week about whether EU nationals will be able to remain in the UK, and I understand the pressure and anxiety this places on some members of the University community. Our EU Working Group is monitoring developments on this and will report to the University when the situation becomes clearer.
I am conscious, too, that times like these can reveal divisions within communities. These divisions, as we have heard from various anecdotal and media reports, can lead to a rise in abusive and xenophobic behaviour.
While there are no indications that these kinds of incidents are happening within the University, it would be wrong to assume that our staff and students are immune from them. I have personally had conversations with a number of senior figures, including the Bishop of Ely, to make clear my deepest concerns on this subject. I endorse fully both the Bishop’s and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s condemnation of intolerance in the House of Lords.
As I said this week at the Vice-Chancellor’s Annual Equality and Diversity Review, Cambridge has always thrived by seeking to maintain an open, diverse and multi-national community that is inclusive of all aspects of gender, race, disability, sexual orientation and religion. We need these values now more than ever, and I am sure that you share my commitment to ensuring that Cambridge remains an exciting and welcoming destination for all.
L K Borysiewicz
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