Dubious statistical merit

June 4, 2009

In "Persecution (is) complex" (21 May), you cite a University and College Union survey that placed our university top of a "league table" for staff complaining of bullying. This was based on a mere six complaints from 36 respondents out of a total of 1,800 staff - a result of highly dubious statistical significance, as was pointed out to UCU at the time. Our staff surveys suggest that most of my colleagues believe our university is generally a supportive workplace.

Mohammad Dastbaz, UCU member and dean, School of Computing, Information Technology and Engineering, University of East London.

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