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Manchester University chief apologises after student allegedly ‘racially profiled by guards’

MANCHESTER UNIVERSITY vice-chancellor Dame Nancy Rothwell apologised today to a student who was roughly handled after being allegedly racially profiled by security guards.

Ms Rothwell said she had written to Zach Adan after the 19-year-old was stopped by security guards as he returned to his halls of residence.

Video footage that emerged online appeared to show Mr Adan being held against a wall by the two guards during the incident.

Dame Nancy said: “I was very, very concerned by it. I have apologised to the student for the distress he felt.

“I immediately suspended the staff members and there is now an investigation ongoing.”

But she said she would not commit to agreeing to meet Mr Adan.

The incident came amid protests by students at the university, who are campaigning for rent cuts after their face-to-face classes were halted.

Earlier this week, the university pledged a reduction of two weeks’ rent for all students in their accommodation.

A spokesperson for the University of Manchester Rent Strike campaign – which has called for rental fees to be reduced by 40 per cent – said the offer was “far from enough.”

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