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Petition to Protect EU University Staff Gains Support

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Over 1,000 people have signed an international petition created by De Montfort University (DMU) to protect the rights of EU nationals at UK universities.

The petition was created as part of DMU's #loveinternational campaign, which was launched by Vice-Chancellor Professor Dominic Shellard. The campaign aims to celebrate and reassure staff living and working at universities in Britain following the recent Brexit vote.

Last week the professor delivered a letter arguing for the protection of residency rights to the Prime Minister's office at 10 Downing Street.

There are concerns that the UK's decision to leave the European Union will put EU staff members at risk. Currently they enjoy the freedom to live, travel and work in the UK because of its membership in the EU.

The petition highlights the fact that universities place a crucial role in helping to "rebuild this country", and calls upon the Government to ensure EU staff can continue to work here in the long term.

It's argued that UK universities need international staff so that they can maintain their world class research and teaching.