A FORMER Geology professor from Glasgow University is planning to take legal action against his former employer after they terminated his library and email access just days after he published a research paper that was critical of fracking. David Smythe, a professor emeritus for the university yesterday announced his intention to take legal action to have his online access to libraries and maps and launched a crowdfunding appeal to pay for legal costs, which had raised £4,435 of his £10,000 target in less than 10 hours. Glasgow University deny that the decision to withdraw his access was connected to his anti-fracking status. However he claims that concerns were raised that his views clashed with Prof Paul Younger, professor of energy engineering at the University, who has expressed support for fracking and accused him of “pseudo-scientific scaremongering”. Though University officials insist his access was removed as part of a routine review, emails – released through a Freedom of Information request in June – suggest that the issue of access was only raised after the publication of his article in January this year, giving his affiliation as Glasgow University. Smythe told the National: “I’m shocked at how the University has done this, and how they’ve just shut me down rather than find out what was going on.
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