A study ban, imposed on Masters student Mohammad Seddiqian after the Home Office rejected his asylum request, has been lifted. This means that he will be able to return to Bath and continue his MSc course in biomedical sciences immediately.
This follows a petition, launched by the SU and Community Officer Alisha Lobo, exceeding 2000 signatures. The petition called for the Home Office to #LetMohammadStay, and with this request being met, Mohammad commented:
I would like to share my happiness with you and thank you for your support. It was really nice of you to put your valuable time and effort to support me get my study right back. Now I can focus on my studies and finish my course. I do really appreciate it and I cannot thank you enough.
News of the application being rejected emerged earlier this month. The ban meant that Mohammad could no longer study in the UK, removing his access to learning resources and ability to attend lectures or submit assignments. The original story can be found here.
In response to this ban being lifted, Alisha Lobo, SU Bath Community Officer, commented:
I am overjoyed that the ban has been lifted, and Mohammad will continue studying here in Bath. The SU supports the rights of refugees, asylum seekers, and international students to stay, live and work here in peace, free of intimidation of authorities. It is becoming increasingly difficult in recent years with the constraining policies of the central government, but we recognise the value they add to our campus and the community at Bath. We will continue to champion their rights with the University, in the local community and nationally.