President and Vice-Chancellor of Manchester University, Dame Nancy Rothwell, has received mass criticism for the university’s handling of an incident of racial profiling that occurred last week.
Languages student Zac Adan was accused of looking like a drug dealer by security staff on campus, before being shoved against a wall, despite having his student ID on him.
Rothwell appeared on BBC Newsnight on Thursday evening, where she stated that she had suspended the security staff involved in the incident and had apologised for any distress caused to students. She also claimed that she had made written communication with Zac Adan, the student who had been subject to the racial profiling, however she refused to agree to meet with him in person, as she felt this would influence the investigation.
BBC Newsnight appears to have deleted the tweet containing the interview of University of Manchester's Vice-Chancellor Nancy Rothwell. So we are uploading the video again #UUKspin pic.twitter.com/FLIhx57DQd
— UUKspin (@UUKspin) November 20, 2020
Following release of the interview, it also came to light that Rothwell had in fact not contacted Adan in any way. She has since released a video apologising for such, and claims that she has now made a written apology to Adan.
Rothwell is also currently facing pressure over the conditions in which students are being kept at University of Manchester halls of accommodation, many of whom are participating in a rent strike. Though the University offered a new ‘accommodation pledge‘, students are less than happy with the 5% rent reduction that they will receive, which they claim only covers periods of time when they are not actually present at university.
Nancy’s car crash interview on BBC:
When confronted with the fact the 2 weeks reduction offer would just cover the 2 weeks we’re not using accommodation in December due to government guidelines, she tried to lie and worm her way out. pic.twitter.com/8Y4a81EmIu
— UoM Rent strike (@rentstrikeUoM) November 19, 2020
With what appears to be a new scandal every week, things are certainly not looking great for both Dame Rothwell and the university’s reputation. The hashtag #NoMoreNancy has begun to be used on Twitter, as users call for the Vice-Chancellor’s resignation from her position of responsibility.
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