Reposting published items on John’s dismissal written by others.
“Now they have got around to sacking John as well, on what has all the appearance of being a trumped-up charge (failing to obey an order from the Head of School)… If you appoint independent thinkers (as surely any university worthy of the name must do), you should not be surprised when they think independently.”
“Professor Allen intends to lodge an employment tribunal claim alleging that the underlying motive for his sacking was his authorship of The Lancet letter and claiming unfair dismissal on the grounds that he suffered detriment for whistleblowing.”
“Prior to John Allen’s appeal, Simon Gaskell, the university principal, received a letter signed by Nobel laureates and fellows of the Royal Society asking for the dismissal to be reversed. This was disregarded. Absence of any internal objections to Allen’s dismissal indicates that his colleagues are fearful for their jobs while some even had the mendacity to appear as tools of management at the dismissal hearings.”
“Such disagreements should not lead to public humiliation on one side or the other… Hence resort to courts of law indicates a failure of internal compromises that one always thought were the sine qua non of civilised university life.”
And a selection of comments from twitter
Lee Jones: appalling and vindictive
Rebecca Sear: Very worrying for UK academics
Curt Rice: Sounds like a rough atmoshpere @QMUL
Michael Proulx: Wolfson Merit Award winner dismissed at QMUL – vengeance for his letter written in The Lancet?
Alex Mesoudi: Queen Mary SBCS management still behaving appallingly
Martin Dominik: How not to manage a university: getting rid of people who actually give your institution a good name
Public University: and then they came for?
David Colquhoun: Simon Gaskell, VC of @QMUL, typifies the McCarthyite style of management. He isn’t fit to to run a university
John Gill: John Allen is a top biochemist – was on In Our Time the week before he was sacked by QMUL