Professor Andrew Timming (above) was most recently Professor of Management and Deputy Dean Research & Innovation at RMIT University, where he also previously held the role of Head of Department of Management, International Business and Entrepreneurship. He holds a PhD from Cambridge University in the UK.
He started his academic career lecturing at Cambridge, followed by academic positions at the University of Manchester, the University of St Andrews, the University of Western Australia, and RMIT University in Melbourne.
Below is the story of Professor Timming, who was dismissed (subject to an appeal) by RMIT University this year. He was dismissed in effect for an innocuous tweet, made as a part of the public engagement that RMIT and other Universities increasingly like to encourage.
This case is most concerning. It shows that there is no academic freedom at RMIT University. This could happen to anyone, be they a staff or student, who happens to say something that someone takes exception to.
This is the opposite of what a university should be: a place for free inquiry and discussion, no matter who might be offended.
Andrew received complaints from RMIT colleagues after he commented on an earlier sexist tweet from Greta Thunberg which passed unnoticed by the luvvies of the left.
Andrew’s story is below in his own words:
“I was unlawfully fired by RMIT University in December 2023 for exercising my workplace rights. It all started with a tweet.
After being threatened with disciplinary action and subsequently bullied, I lodged a complaint in May 2023 alleging a violation of the University’s academic freedom policy. This was the start of my nightmare.
The week after lodging my complaint, I was stood down as Professor of Management and Deputy Dean Research and Innovation and prevented from communicating with any of my colleagues.
When I asked why I was being stood down, I was told that RMIT had initiated the “Termination of Employment on Grounds of Ill Health” clause (31) in our Enterprise Bargaining Agreement, in spite of the fact that, just one day before my stand down, RMIT was provided a letter from my doctor stating that “Prof. Timming is fit to carry out his usual duties now and into the future.”
RMIT viciously bullied me for months. It withdrew sponsorship of my Department of Defence security clearance. When the University’s own doctor instructed it to return me to my role of Deputy Dean “with immediate effect,” the following week I was instead sacked as Deputy Dean, reverting back to my underlying professorial appointment.
I brought RMIT to the Fair Work Commission under its anti-bullying jurisdiction to force them to return me to work after having been stood down for months. Rather than face a loss in the Fair Work Commission, the University finally returned me to work in October 2023, at which point the bullying reached fever pitch.
When RMIT attempted to load me up with teaching that was not agreed in my work plan, I initiated the workload dispute resolution clause (38.26) in our Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. Just days before Christmas, I was sacked, allegedly for not doing the very work that I was already disputing under the Agreement.
The real reason for my termination was that I exercised a workplace right to complain about RMIT’s violation of my right to freedom of speech.
I have appealed my termination to RMIT’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Alec Cameron.”
This is obviously a matter of great concern to anyone who believes in free speech. It should also be of concern to anyone who has witnessed the demise of personal freedom and the rise of Wokeism in many universities and even schools throughout the western democracies – including Australia.
The article I wrote recently on the three Ivy League universities in the USA is testimony to that, given how many people have responded to this issue with absolute horror at the way anti-Semitism was treated by institutions that should have known better.
If you would like to support Professor Timming by signing a petition and/or donating funds you can do so via the Free Speech Union of Australia website:
Thanks to Sky News and the Free Speech Union of Australia
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