A UNIVERSITY students’ union has called a meeting after protests calling for a professor accused of transphobia to be sacked.

A group of anonymous students from the University of Sussex are demanding Professor Kathleen Stock be removed from her position at the university.

It comes after Prof Stock called for transgender women to be excluded from women’s changing rooms and any other places where they undress.

Following demonstrations at the university campus and the hashtag #ShameOnSussexUni trending on Twitter across the UK, the University of Sussex Students’ Union has called a meeting.

In a statement, the students’ union said: “In light of recent events on campus and social media, we want to offer support and resources to trans and non-binary students.

“We oppose transphobia and want our university to be a place where all trans people receive support and solidarity.”

The meeting will offer a chance for trans and non-binary students to “meet each other and discuss how they’re feeling”.

Announced on social media by diversity, access and participation officer Nehaal Bejwa, it will be held in Meeting Room four in Falmer House at 2pm today.

It comes after protests from Anti-Terf Sussex, an "unaffiliated network of queer and trans students, committed to showing unity and resistance in the face of Sussex Uni's employment of Kathleen Stock".

Writing on Instagram, the group said: "Stock is one of this wretched island’s most prominent transphobes, espousing bastardised variation of 'radical feminism'.

"She has spent years campaigning for the exclusion of trans people from 'women’s only spaces'.”

In 2018, Prof Stock, a professor of philosophy at the university, told The Argus women-only areas should not allow transgender people who still have male genitalia.

She said: “I am definitely not saying that trans women are particularly dangerous – they are definitely not.

“Most trans people are law abiding and wouldn’t dream of harming anyone.

“However, many trans women are still males with male genitalia, many are sexually attracted to females, and they should not be in places where females undress or sleep in a completely unrestricted way.”

As one of the UK’s leading gender-critical feminists, who has insisted that a person cannot change their biological sex, Prof Stock has faced criticism in recent years – with blogs, petitions and Twitter users demanding her dismissal for her views.

Last year, Prof Stock told Times Higher Education: “It is quite a strange situation to work somewhere where people make it clear that they loathe you,

“I’ve found it quite a hostile environment – [some] have claimed my position is bigoted and I should be sacked."

The University of Sussex offers an LGBTQ+ students’ union, a trans and non-binary officer, a student support unit, students’ union advice team, counselling services and more.

A University of Sussex spokesman said: “We were extremely concerned to see the harassment towards our staff member and took immediate action in response to this, which we continue to do.

“We are deeply committed to being a safe and inclusive university, which values and advances equality and diversity, seeks to resolve conflicts, advances good relations and upholds lawful free speech.

“As a university community, we must be able to have complex discussions without bullying or harassment. We will always take swift action when this occurs.

“Our role as a university is to facilitate such conversations to advance shared understanding and common agreement. We insist that these are carried out respectfully and are always protective of our staff and students.”