Mixed views on Wilkie censure

Widely varying reactions to suspension of Oxford academic who rejected Israeli student

Anna Fazackerley(afazackerly@yahoo.co.uk)
Nov 3, 2003

The University of Oxford has suspended a senior academic who rejected an Israeli student's application to work with him because of what he called the country's “gross human rights abuses on the Palestinians.” The decision has drawn mixed reaction from British academics.

Andrew Wilkie, Nuffield professor of pathology at the University of Oxford, apparently turned away Amit Duvshani, 26, a student at Tel Aviv University, because of his nationality and not his academic record.

Following an investigation by the university's Visitatorial Board, the vice-chancellor, Colin Lucas, last week suspended Wilkie from his academic duties for 2 months without pay. Wilkie will be required to undergo equal opportunities training during his time away from the university.

A spokesperson for the university said, “This ruling reflects that there can be no place for any form of discrimination within the University of Oxford other than on the grounds of merit. Professor...

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