- Eleni Kyriacou
BARTLETT WHISTLEBLOWING | UCL ANNOUNCE INVESTIGATION, FOLLOW UP COVERAGE AND ALLEGATIONS EMERGE
For a year UCL had told me that they had nothing to investigate, whilst simultaneously encouraging me - a victim of their misconduct, to conduct my own investigation into matters surrounding my own misconduct. It will be very difficult for me to ever be able to forgive UCL for that. Their EDI team were already aware of gaps in grading between male and female students; yet rather than be transparent and sharing the EDI team's records from the outset; I went about a highly distressing and long-winded process that took months, unearthing grades via the FOIA, much of which they had already compiled. That entire ordeal could have been avoided had they been transparent. Additionally, the majority of victims I spoke to, who had the most serious allegations against the school, had already complained directly to the school. The school had therefore very disingenuously asked me to find other victims, when they were already more than aware of other victims. However, miraculously, once the Guardian article was published UCL released this statement saying they were opening an investigation: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/2021/jun/tackling-unacceptable-behaviour-our-community. Over June numerous publications wrote follow up articles after the Guardian piece and on the subsequent statement released by UCL claiming they were launching an investigation. Articles were written by the Daily Telegraph (printed press), Dezeen, Architects journal, The RIBA Journal, Archinect and Construction Manager Magazine (all online). Below is the Dezeen article as a selected example. A stream of fresh allegations also began to immediately transpire after the Guardian article, on social media, particularly on Future Architect's Front Insta-stories, and also numerous victims began to contact me directly.