Bullying professor fails in her bid to keep report from the publicJanuary 20, 2022
Bullying professor loses her secrecy battle: University boss fails in her bid to keep report from the public
- Alice Gast failed in bid to keep secret a report which found her guilty of bullying
- She is still in her £519,000-a-year role as president of Imperial College London
- To prevent report going public, she claimed her bullying was ‘relatively minor’
- She also bizarrely compared herself to ex-University academic Kathleen Stock
A university boss has failed in her attempt to keep secret a report which found her guilty of bullying.
Professor Alice Gast continues in her £519,000-a-year role as president of Imperial College London even though her behaviour was found to fall ‘considerably short’ in a secret QC-led investigation.
In a bid to prevent the report being released to the public, she claimed her bullying was ‘relatively minor’ and bizarrely compared herself to ex-University of Sussex academic Kathleen Stock, who suffered a hate campaign over her views on trans issues, but has not faced allegations of bullying or a probe into her conduct.
Professor Alice Gast (pictured), the president of Imperial College London, has failed in her attempt to keep secret a report which found her guilty of bullying
University regulator the Office for Students is already investigating Imperial over the scandal, and yesterday the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) ordered it to publish swathes of the report.
Imperial had admitted it needs to ‘improve’ but refused to disclose the detail of the misbehaviour by Professor Gast, 63, and chief financial officer Muir Sanderson.
But backing a freedom of information challenge brought by the Daily Mail, the ICO said it ‘considers that there is a stronger than usual public interest in disclosing more of the report so that staff and students at the college can decide for themselves’.
Professor Gast, from Texas, is expected to leave Imperial this summer after earning millions during her eight years in charge.
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