Waikato University vice-chancellor Neil Quigley was the subject of an online racism pile-on that was later found to have no substance. Why were thousands so keen to sign? Sharnae Hope and Kelly Dennett investigate. Sitting in his third-floor office in Waikato University’s Hamilton campus, Neil Quigley appears deflated from weeks of putting out fires. “If you’re a vice-chancellor of a university you have to have pretty thick skin and that has been true for as long as I can remember,” Quigley says. “Personal attacks are going to happen from time to time, because there’s a sense in which you are the institution… But more people engaged than I expected so that was more the element of surprise.” READ MORE:’Disrespectful on so many levels’: Kevin Hart roasts NBC for mistaking him for Olympic athlete Usain BoltTop farmer’s tweets drag dairy industry through the dirt A month ago people were signing a petition that circulated on social media, demanding Quigley’s resignation. It came after six academics had separately written an open letter claiming structural and systemic racism at the university. It called for “the University Council to hold Professor Quigley to account in this matter” but didn’t ask for Quigley’s resignation. Petitions… Read full this story
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