Middlesex unfair dismissal claim settled

July 30, 1999

Suzi Clark, the communications chief sacked by Middlesex University after a row over freedom of speech, has settled her claim for unfair dismissal.

Ms Clark fell foul of vice-chancellor Michael Driscoll after she agreed to publish articles criticising university management in Middlesex's in-house newsletter, North Circular. Ms Clark's appeal panel said she had shown "no wilful misconduct" and it found that she could prove "discrepancies between her and the university's version of events", but it found that a number of "minor" incidents had led to a loss of confidence in her by senior management. She was sacked.

The university declined to comment beyond confirming that "Middlesex University and Ms Clark - represented by Unison - have now agreed to end their differences".

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