Update regarding Professor Jan Joosten

3 July 2020

We can confirm that as of Friday 3 July 2020, Professor Jan Joosten will no longer be employed by the University of Oxford, and he will no longer be a trustee of Christ Church or be in any way affiliated with the institution.

Professor Joosten was convicted in France for possession of images and videos of child pornography. As soon as Christ Church was aware of his conviction, local police in the UK were notified and we are assisting their ongoing enquiries. The University has informed any staff and students who would have had contact with him and has provided them with the contacts of the welfare and support services, in case any of them require additional support.

Professor Joosten has been found guilty of shocking crimes and we cannot begin to imagine the suffering endured by those in the images he accessed. Our thoughts are with them and with anyone who has been affected by this news. 

We would remind anyone with concerns to contact our Welfare and Safeguarding teams, or the police, as soon as possible.