Helen Mallinson, director of Cass Culture, has resigned from her position at the Cass following the departure of Robert Mull
Mallinson’s decision to quit follows the resignation of head of school Mull, who resigned from all of his roles at the Sir John Cass Faculty of Art on Friday in the latest twist in the school’s proposed move from its Aldgate base.
Mallinson, who had been at London Metropolitan University for 30 years spending seven of those as head of the school of architecture, said her resignation was in support of Mull.
Mull was suspended from his position as dean at the beginning of the month because of his opposition to London Metropolitan University’s decision to consolidate all of its operations at its Holloway Road campus in north London.
It is understood Mull refused to support London Metropolitan University’s planned sale and relocation of the east London building, which is expected to reap the school £50 million.
The move has prompted protests from staff and students and a petition, already signed by more than 2,700 people.
The campaign to prevent the move has been backed by David Chipperfield, Richard Rogers, Peter St John and Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel Art Gallery.
Reaction to the departures of Mull and Mallinson
@RoryOlcayto Cass should break off from the Met & "do an AA". With Tory fees at £9k, £12k private not a big jump...— L Smith (@Louis_Smith_Br) December 18, 2015
This is the Rape of Common Good- strip and beat a brilliant public institution & force a great leader to withdraw. https://t.co/hMDPvxaY6i— Deborah Saunt, DSDHA (@DeborahSaunt) December 18, 2015
Sorry & angry to hear of Robert Mull's departure from the Cass. He built a great school and the battle to protect it continues #savethecass— Ellis Woodman (@elliswoodman) December 18, 2015
Deepest respect for Helen Mallinson+ @MullRobert who understand dangers of attack on The Cass+ intrinsic ramifications on higher education— occupythecass (@occupythecass) December 19, 2015