Kathleen Stock, a feminist professor, quit her position at the University of Sussex after students conducted a bullying and harassment campaign to remove her from her job. This was in response to a row over transgender rights.
Professor Stock, 48 (an expert in gender and orientation) who works at the University of Sussex was branded a “transphobe” by outraged students who demanded her dismissal.
Posters put up in the tunnel from Falmer station to the university’s campus earlier this month said she ‘makes trans students unsafe’ and ‘we’re not paying £9,250 a year for transphobia’.
A banner stating “Stock Out” was also displayed alongside burning flares. Scores of people were also criticizing her online under the hashtag #ShameOnSussexUni.
Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor of the University, had strongly defended her right to say what she thinks’. More than 200 academics from other universities also signed a letter condemning alleged abuse by ‘trans activist bullies.
Today, Professor Stock announced via Twitter that she was resigning from her position and stated that she hoped “other institutions can learn” from the experience.
Kathleen Stock, a feminist professor at the University of Sussex, has resigned after students organized a ‘bullying & harassment’ campaign against her to get rid of her position in light of a dispute about transgender rights.
Today, she announced via Twitter that she was resigning from her position and stated that she hopes ‘other institutions can benefit from this’
In a letter addressed to staff, Adam Tickell, Vice-Chancellor of Sussex, stated that the university had defended her right to exercise her academic freedom and lawful speech freedom, free from bullying or harassment.
He said, however, that he hoped Professor Stock would feel able and able to return work and that he would have supported her to do so.
“She has decided that the recent events have made it impossible. We respect and accept that decision.
“We will miss her many contributions, which the University has benefited from during her time here.
More to come.
In a letter to staff Adam Tickell, Sussex’s Vice-Chancellor, stated in a statement that they had defended her right ‘exercise academic freedom and lawful free speech, free of bullying and harassment of all kinds’