SOAS director steps down during investigation into n-word use


The director of SOAS university has stepped aside from his role while an external investigation takes place into complaints of anti-Black racism at the university following his use of the N-word.

Mr Adam Habib is off-duty as of Thursday, ahead of the commencement of the investigation and until the conclusion of the process.

The day-to-day running of the university is being handed over to deputy director Professor Claire Ozanne, who will serve as interim director.

News of Mr Habib’s temporary departure was confirmed by Marie Staunton, Chair of SOAS Board of Trustees, in an internal message sent to the SOAS community which read: “I have agreed with Director Adam Habib that he will step aside while this investigation takes place, so as not to compromise the investigation.


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