The woman who accused Nobel laureate Sir Tim Hunt of sexism in a row which cost him his job has left her university post after claiming she was being ‘bundled out’.
Connie St Louis triggered a furore after Sir Tim made jokey remarks about women scientists when giving a toast at a scientific conference last year.
Mrs St Louis tweeted that the event was ‘utterly ruined by sexist speaker Tim Hunt’ who was ‘in favour of single sex labs’.
It sparked an outcry in which Sir Tim, 73, came under fire from some women scientists, but was also supported by high-profile names. He eventually resigned from his honorary professorship at University College London, feeling he was ‘hung out to dry’ by the college.
It has now emerged that journalism lecturer Mrs St Louis has left a different university where she had worked since 2003.
City, University of London, claimed it was by mutual agreement. But Mrs St Louis complained shortly before her departure last month that the university was trying to ‘get rid’ of her.
In a written submission to a Commons committee looking into science communication released last Wednesday she wrote: ‘In May 2016 the new head of the journalism department decided to suspend the science journalism MA. The university’s excuse was that I had not recruited enough students.
‘However, on further investigation it was later discovered that students who tried to apply were told by the university that the course was not taking any application and had closed. It’s difficult to recruit the required number of students under these circumstances.
So City will indeed screw over a particularly bad academic. Hope Lives!