A researcher and a former professor at University College London, Arthur Loureiro, recently shared an open letter on Twitter on Friday, calling the university a “toxic place.”
Arthur, who was in the Astrophysics group of the Department of Physics and Astronomy, after seven years out of university, posted a tweet calling on the university. He even warned the potential students who are planning to work at the UCL Astro. The title of the letter shared by the researcher read, “Open letter about my years at University College London.” He started a letter by saying: “Today is my last day at UCL. After more than 7 years at university, I can only feel regret.”
Today is my last day at University College London, and I finally want to get off my chest the nightmare I’ve been living in for the past 4 years
Please read my open letter about the situation and share it carefully with potential students who could fill a position at UCL Astro pic.twitter.com/G5A1tPSHGh
— Arthur Loureiro (@cosmonist) September 30, 2022
He went on to say he regrets the day he got a Ph.D. at UCL and all the consequences that came with it, it affected his mental health, his professional and personal life and family. He revealed that he has been subjected to bullying, intimidation and intimidation during his PhD.
The investigator then said he was following their “Report and Support” guidelines and filed a formal complaint. The disciplinary hearing that confirmed his allegation lasted nearly two years. “Yet UCL was reluctant to take any action to further protect me and only imposed ineffective sanctions on the perpetrator,” he added.
He also quoted that UCL also refused to provide him with documents justifying why he did not have a reference letter from the supervisor. “You all know the consequences of that in a young researcher’s career,” he said. Arthur has been asking for the educational institution to help him bear the consequences for almost two years now. He claimed that the university continues to hide behind its constantly changing staff, bureaucratic procedures and policies that have only worked in the perpetrator’s favour.
He even said that there are excellent astrophysicists and cosmologists and others at UCL who are brilliant, wonderful people who have stood for what is right. The researcher even mocked UCL’s Report and Support Cell, calling it “nothing but a PR stunt.”
Arthur quoted: “I have reported, but they have not supported. The ‘Zero Tolerance Policy’ that once hung on all the walls of UCL is in practice (and I quote an email I received from a UCL HR employee) ‘a very high threshold’.”
He advised prospective students, postdocs and educators seeking UCL Astro. He bolded the text in the letter and said, “Stay away,” and if they’re there, “Get out as soon as possible.” The researcher claimed that the educational institute was a poisonous place and the astrophysics group has been shattered and forced to accommodate a dangerous person among excellent and great people.
In the open letter, he also warned potential students that UCL is not a safe environment. “There’s only so much good employees can do to protect you. Stay away,” he added. The tweet has been liked by more than 5,000 users and retweeted by about 900 people.
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