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Wednesday, 18 July 2018

A leading professor has quit her job at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton after facing multiple accusations of bullying

Nazneen Rahman, who is the head of genetics and epidemiology, was given leave of absence last November.

It’s after a letter signed by 45 current and former employees accused her of “serious recurrent bullying and harassment”.

Of the signatories, 22 claimed to have suffered direct bullying.

Statement from The Institute of Cancer Research.

"We can confirm we received allegations of bullying against a member of our staff. We take any complaints about bullying extremely seriously, and immediately commissioned an independent investigation into the allegations by a respected law firm. The staff member was on leave of absence during this process.

We reviewed the findings of the investigation and discussed them with the staff member. The staff member decided to resign and will be leaving the ICR.

An open and supportive working environment is essential for our work to defeat cancer. We have put in place a series of measures to ensure we respond to allegations as quickly and effectively as possible. These include revising our policy on bullying and harassment, providing an external hotline for reporting of complaints, and effective information sharing within the ICR.

We recognise we could have done more to support those who came to us with concerns and are absolutely committed to learning the lessons. In addition to the changes we have already made, we are reviewing the investigation findings in detail and will be implementing further recommendations in full."
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