Social media comments - 17/12/2019
Tuesday 17 December - Response from Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Riordan to Mr Andrew RT Davies AM
Dear Mr Davies
Thank you for your letter of 16 December concerning public comments made by Dr Andy Williams and other members of our academic staff.
I agree with you absolutely on the vital importance of upholding freedom of speech and note that these comments were made on Dr Williams’ private Twitter account. I can absolutely assure you that the views expressed by Dr Williams in no way represent those of the University, which encourages dignity and respect at both work and study.
The country has been through a difficult time recently, with bitter and sharp political divides. I fully agree that language needs to be tempered.
Thank you for your invitation to meet to discuss this matter, which I am pleased to accept. My office will be in touch to make the necessary arrangements.
With best wishes
Professor Colin Riordan
Monday 16 December
A Cardiff University spokesperson said: "We’ve received a number of complaints from members of the public and students. Where a complaint relates to the behaviour of a member of Cardiff University staff, they are considered under our Dignity at Work and Study Policy."
Sunday 15 December
A Cardiff University spokesperson said: "These are Dr Williams's personal comments, expressed on his personal account. They do not reflect the view of Cardiff University. We will respond to Mr Davies's letter as soon as it's received."