Robert Mull has been suspended as dean of the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design as the row over the school’s proposed move intensifies
It is understood Mull has refused to support London Metropolitan University’s planned sale and relocation of the east London-based Sir John Cass Faculty of Art. The University wants to consolidate all of its operations at its Holloway Road campus in the north of the city.
The controversial move has prompted protests from staff and students and a petition, which has already been signed by more than 2,700 people.
Opponents believe that moving the faculty’s home from the East End represents a ’massive attack on students, staff and access to education’.
Mark Campbell, computing lecturer and London Met representative for academics’ union UCU, said: ’We understand Professor Mull had serious concerns about the move, a set of concerns which is matched by staff and students at both the Cass and London Met more widely.
’We are concerned that he now appears to have been suspended in relation to his belief the Cass should stay in its current location.’
However the university insisted Mull had not been barred from his role as director of architecture and had not been suspended from the university.
A joint statement released by Mull and the London Metropolitan University to the AJ today reads: ’Professor Mull’s duties as dean of faculty have been suspended while discussions take place about his role on the university’s senior management team. He continues teaching and carrying out his duties as professor and director of architecture.
’Both the university and Professor Mull are making every effort to find a positive way forward, and we expect to be making a further statement next week. We will not be making a further statement until then.’
Last week the government ruled out stepping in to prevent the contentious sale during a debate in the House of Lords.
Under the plans approved by the Met’s board of governors in October, the Cass School of Architecture’s current Commercial Road home would be sold off along with the remainder of the university’s East End estate, with proceeds going towards a £125 million revamp of the Holloway Road campus.