Posted on Fri 28 Mar 2014 at 15:15 by Jamie Greene
SURHUL recently passed a motion to support the campaign by Sanaz Raji, a PhD student who since 2011 has faced an ongoing battle with the University of Leeds, having had her scholarship wrongfully revoked by the ICS (Institute of Communications Studies).
On August 15th 2011, Raji found her scholarship to be revoked without prior notice, two weeks before the start of the 2011-2012 academic year, leaving her with a hefty tuition fee bill and no money to have a decent standard of living due to the cutting of her maintenance grant. The University of Leeds have failed to provide an adequate reason for removing her scholarship, and her treatment by the ICS has consistently contravened the rules and regulations stated in the University of Leeds Research Student Handbook.
The right to challenge your university over such matters should be a basic tenet of democracy, though this has been denied to Sanaz who has not been granted hearing where she can hear the accusations of ICS and present her own counter-evidence.
The removal of Sanaz’s scholarship not only prevents her from continuing her studies but also from having a decent standard of living with the food, comfort and shelter that all students demand as a human right, regardless of nationality or race. She faces eviction from her flat and the revocation of her visa status, which is likely to happen before she can finish her case with the OIA.
Sanaz Raji has been let down by both the University system and the state in a case that is downright appalling. SURHUL gives its support to Ms Raji and her campaign and urges all Royal Holloway students to write to Leeds University and the Home Office to share their anger at this miscarriage of justice.
Petition - https://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/vice-chancellor-university-of-leeds-stop-treating-international-students-like-2nd-class-citizens-2
Facebook group for the campaign - https://www.facebook.com/groups/468135473264681/
Here's the motion passed at out GM and letter of solidarity.