Correspondence with Sir Nicholas Montagu

Sir Nicholas Montagu, Chairman of Council, Queen Mary University of London
Simon Gaskell, Principal and President, Queen Mary University of London
Petition to reinstate John F. Allen at Queen Mary University of London
Simon Gaskell unlawfully dismissed Professor John Allen in the aftermath of the restructuring of the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at the College.
You can read the Employment Appeal Tribunal Judgment here:
In my view, you are under the moral obligation to repair the damage of this decision before you quit formally your respective posts at the College.
I request a reply to this open petition.
Yours sincerely,
Fanis Missirlis

From: Fanis Missirlis <>
To: Nick Montagu <>
Cc: Simon Gaskell <>
Sent: Thursday, June 2, 2016 10:08 AM
Subject: Re: Queen Mary appoints a Lecturer in Cell and Molecular Biology

Dear Sir Nicholas Montagu,
I hope my message finds you well. I write here in a personal capacity and without prior communication over the contents of this correspondence with anyone.
It saddens me that the College has already appeared thrice this year at the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the aftermath of the 2012 restructurings in Medicine-Dentistry & Biology-Chemistry.
My case has been remitted back to the Employment Tribunal and the EAT Judgment (which we expect to be published by the end of June) is highly critical of the two letters I received from Simon: one in June promising redeployment opportunities, as is the lawful position in dismissals by reason of redundancy; the other in September negating this right, a potentially unlawful action, which is remitted for determination.
John’s case has been more damning to the actions of both Matthew Evans and Jeremy Kilburn. Simon will remember that when I spoke with him in November 2011, I raised this issue of managers failing to align their personal interests with those of the institution they worked for. From the EAT judgment:
“The Employment Tribunal found that the Respondent’s conduct in removing the whole of the Claimant’s pre-sabbatical work was such a serious breach of contract that, taken together with its failure to deal with his grievance in a reasonable time, it would have justified him in resigning and claiming constructive dismissal.  It had already found the dismissal to be unfair because the Respondent had failed to consider the removal of his pre-sabbatical work as part and parcel of the investigatory process for the dismissal.”
Therefore, in learning that John’s dismissal was found to be unfair, I believe that the College should reinstate John.
Please consider honouring the clauses of the College’s Charter and do not permit that unlawful actions be tolerated.
Finally, and although the College “got away” with the treatment of Dr Magoulas, there is nothing to be proud of on the way his case was handled, either.
Thank you for your attention.
Yours sincerely,
Fanis Missirlis

From: Nick Montagu <>
To: Fanis Missirlis <>
Cc: Simon Gaskell <>
Sent: Sunday, August 4, 2013 5:50 AM
Subject: Re: Queen Mary appoints a Lecturer in Cell and Molecular Biology


Dear Fanis

Thank you for this email.  Since Council does not get involved in individual academic appointments at Queen Mary, I hope you will understand that it is inappropriate for me to comment on it.

Best wishes.


On 03/08/2013 11:55, Fanis Missirlis wrote:
Sir Nicholas Montagu,
The new member of staff appointed following interviews for the post of a Lecturer in Cell and Molecular Biology in SBCS describes himself as a Computational and Theoretical Biophysicist. Google Scholar lists 17 publications under his name with 310 citations in total and an h-index of 8.
Professor Sasha Ruban was the point of contact for this position. Chris Duffy was his post-doc.
I made an enquiry over the reasons that I was not interviewed for the same post. The shortlisting panel have provided the following feedback:
After carefully reviewing Dr Missirlis application he was not shortlisted for interview as his application form and supporting documentation did not demonstrate effectively that he met the required essential criteria for the position of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Cell and Molecular Biology that could be demonstrated through the application form and supporting documents. Areas where Dr Missirlis application did not demonstrate a fit with the essential criteria for the role with regard to evidence of an appropriate publication record for either a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer position in the research area. His research outputs were not considered to have effectively demonstrated this at the required level in terms of papers or grants nor did his application demonstrate at the required level on-going research activity at a high level.
Google Scholar lists 29 publications under my name with 423 citations in total and an h-index of 10.

In addition, I have 3 major grants in my name (I suspect the same cannot be true for a post-doctoral fellow).


Did the College follow due process for this appointment, despite all of the above, I wonder?
Simon Gaskell has failed to reply when I asked him.
I hope you can provide an explanation.
Yours sincerely,
Fanis Missirlis
Correspondence ends. See also:

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