Breaking: Lecturer to be Deported

19th March 2015

A University of Nottingham lecturer has been refused permission by the Home Office to remain in the UK. Dr Miwa Hirono, has been at the University since 2008 on a five-year Research Councils UK Fellowship, that was supposed to become a permanent lecturer position automatically.

However, Dr Hirono’s application was denied because she had spent 200 days outside of the UK between 2009 and 2010, breaching a rule which stated she must not leave the country for more than 180 days at any time during her stay.

Dr Hirono has a one-year-old child who was born in Nottingham, and the majority of her visits abroad have been for research into China’s foreign peacekeeping operations as a part of her academic commitments. Having successfully appealed the initial decision the grounds that the removal was a breach of her human right to a family life, the Home Office appealed the ruling noting that Dr Hirono knew her stay in the country was ‘precarious’.

Without her passport for the past 12 months, Dr Hirono has now abandoned her attempts to stay in Nottingham, and accepted a position at Kyoto University in Japan, having said that she ‘can’t live like this’ and that ‘what has happened to me is absolutely wrong and everyone understands my point except the home office’.

A petition was set up by University of Nottingham students urging the Home Office to reconsider their decision to remove Dr Hirono, who has been the Module Convenor for 3rd year Politics dissertations this year, however in a personal e-mail to all Politics and International Relations students, Dr Hirono urged for the petition to be closed until all information was released to the press.

One Politics student phoned us at URN, to say that losing Dr Hirono would be a major blow for the department, considering her personable nature, whilst also saying it doesn’t take a genius to realise that losing a researcher into the major developing economy would be a loss.

The head of the University’s School of Politics and International Relations, Mathew Humphrey, has said that the appeal by the Home-Office was ‘vindictive’ and argued Dr Hirono’s research should have allowed her to stay in the country, considering its implications for UK policy towards China:

Meanwhile, Professor Phillip Cowley, also from the University’s Politics department, said that the loss would be a major blow:

The Home Office said that all applications were considered ‘in line with immigration rules’.

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