Ruling at Open U demonstrates issues around institutional responsibilities, academic mobbing: Opinion


Times Higher Education has published several articles reflecting on the recent case between Open University and former OU professor Jo Phoenix. Phoenix, the founder of Gender Critical Research Network, reportedly faced harassment, public calls for her removal, and death threats for her views and work on the network. In a summary of the findings of an employment tribunal ruling, Tom Williams reports that Phoenix asked the university to intervene, but Open U did not take adequate action to do so. The tribunal found that Phoenix faced a “hostile environment” at the institution and that the institution failed to intervene adequately. In a separate article, Ian Pace analyses the situation as a demonstration of the dangers of “academic mobbing” and concludes that institutions must address concerted campaigns against academics with the utmost seriousness.

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