Statement of support from Cardiff UCU branch executive:

Cardiff UCU is providing personal support to a member of staff who is currently being vilified by the media and is receiving abuse and threats online. Cardiff UCU believes that all members of staff should be supported when they face difficulty. Cardiff UCU does not condone language that causes offence. In recognition of the upset and offence caused, an apology has been made. We recognise that staff and students are under severe pressure and may make mistakes.