Staff affected by travel restrictions

Most of us in the broad community of Students, Staff and Associates that make up the University of Tasmania are privileged to benefit from the largely free and open environment of exchange that we share with universities everywhere.

Indeed, the University attested to the historical set of values that define our endeavour when we signed the Magna Charta Universitatum a few years ago. Included amongst the principles that we affirmed is that our "research and teaching must be morally and intellectually independent of all political authority and economic power". Adherence to this principle has served well the World’s best universities over many centuries.

When world events have challenged the open environment of exchange Australian academics have provided open sanctuary for displaced colleagues – for example, Nobel Prize winner Bernard Katz.

Our university community includes over 200 staff and students affected by the recently announced travel bans to the United States of America. Please join with me and the senior management of the University in ensuring that the resulting limitations to take up positions, fellowships or attend conferences has minimal impact on their studies and careers.

On behalf of its members, Universities Australia has expressed publicly similar concerns about the impact the changes will have for international academic collaboration.

Those concerned about the potential impact of the new restrictions on their own travel plans to the United States should visit the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Smart Traveller website.

Prof Mike Calford
Provost and Acting Vice-Chancellor