1. Guest, 'News in Brief' for the week beginning 17th February 2020 - click here.
    Dismiss Notice
  2. Welcome! To read the Core Purpose and Values of our forum, click here.
    Dismiss Notice

Report harassment or risk losing funding, says top UK science funder

Discussion in 'Health News and Research unrelated to ME/CFS' started by Andy, May 5, 2018.

  1. Andy

    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

    Messages:
    8,644
    Likes Received:
    62,753
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-05071-7

    Now where does Crawley get her funding from?
     
  2. adambeyoncelowe

    adambeyoncelowe Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Messages:
    1,924
    Likes Received:
    13,373
    What will Bristol do when asked to actually record the so-called harassment they keep no records of?
     
  3. Andy

    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

    Messages:
    8,644
    Likes Received:
    62,753
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    I was actually thinking of Crawley's bullying and/or harassing behaviour that we've seen from her towards patients. See parts of http://me-pedia.org/wiki/Esther_Crawley#Controversies_and_Criticism
     
  4. chrisb

    chrisb Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Messages:
    2,371
    Likes Received:
    15,745
    I suspect that they are only concerned about behaviour of one researcher towards another member of the team.
     
  5. Andy

    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

    Messages:
    8,644
    Likes Received:
    62,753
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    No doubt, but it should apply to behaviour of researchers towards others.
     
    MEMarge, alktipping, BurnA and 3 others like this.
  6. Adrian

    Adrian Administrator

    Messages:
    4,341
    Likes Received:
    21,313
    Location:
    UK
    Maybe they will eventually get concerned about researchers general ethical behaviour. I would be interesting if research funders sanctioned Bristol University because they had failed to deal with researchers who didn't get ethical approval
     
    Barry, MEMarge, alktipping and 5 others like this.
  7. Inara

    Inara Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Messages:
    2,712
    Likes Received:
    11,041
    I share these reservations:

     
    Esther12, Barry, alktipping and 4 others like this.
  8. Barry

    Barry Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Messages:
    5,319
    Likes Received:
    34,761
    Absolutely. That was also running through my mind. They most certainly should toughen up on it.
     
    Binkie4 likes this.
  9. Barry

    Barry Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Messages:
    5,319
    Likes Received:
    34,761
    It does get very tricky. I imagine there must be plenty of examples through history of some genuinely brilliant scientific breakthroughs, benefiting many, where the lead scientist(s) may be pretty unpleasant. Academic genius and human decency are not necessarily co-existent.
     
    Inara likes this.
  10. Trish

    Trish Moderator Staff Member

    Messages:
    19,916
    Likes Received:
    102,534
    Location:
    UK
    Which makes it all the more important that the people employing such scientists don't put them in positions where they have power over others, and make it clear to them what behaviour is and is not acceptable, and take seriously reports of harassment, including bullying and sexual harassment, which is never acceptable, however brilliant the scientist.
     
    Barry, Andy and Inara like this.
  11. Andy

    Andy Committee Member & Outreach

    Messages:
    8,644
    Likes Received:
    62,753
    Location:
    Hampshire, UK
    And I'd suggest that a counter argument to this could be: the chances are strong that untalented bullies have prevented many breakthroughs from happening by unfairly suppressing more talented junior colleagues.
     
    Trish and Barry like this.
  12. Barry

    Barry Senior Member (Voting Rights)

    Messages:
    5,319
    Likes Received:
    34,761
    Yes, that is also a possibility I had missed.
     
    Andy likes this.

Share This Page