Oxford University Press release 27th June 2003

Subject: comments by Professor Andrew Wilkie 

A spokesperson for the University of Oxford said:"Our staff may hold strongly-felt personal opinions.  Freedom of expression is a fundamental tenet of University life, but under no circumstances are we prepared to accept or condone conduct that appears to, or does, discriminate against anyone on grounds of ethnicity or nationality, whether directly or indirectly. 

This candidate is entitled to submit an application and to have it dealt with fairly according to our normal criteria.  "Professor Wilkie has issued a personal apology regarding remarks he made by e mail to an applicant for a research degree at Oxford. 

An immediate and thorough investigation of this matter is now being carried out in accordance with the University's procedures and a report will be presented to the Vice-Chancellor next week." 

Note to editors:

The full text of Professor Wilkie's apology is: "I recognise and apologise for any distress caused by my email of 23 June and the wholly inappropriate expression of my personal opinions in that document.  I was not speaking on behalf of Oxford University or any of its constituent parts.  I entirely accept the University of Oxford's Equal Opportunities and Race Equality policies."