A REVIEW will take place after a university talk on trans rights and justice was cancelled.

The talk was due to take place at Essex University’s Wivenhoe campus.

However, the talk was cancelled at the eleventh hour after it was claimed activists had threatened to obstruct the discussion.

Jo Phoenix, from the Open University, had been due to give the talk but the Centre for Criminology cancelled the event a few hours earlier.

In a Tweet it said: “This afternoon’s seminar was cancelled as we were concerned open debate and discussion might be obstructed.”

A university spokesperson said a review will be carried out to establish exactly why the event was cancelled.

He said: “As a university we are committed to upholding academic freedom and promoting freedom of speech within the law.

“We also have an equally clear commitment to being an inclusive community.

“We have well-established procedures in place to reflect these values and govern events with speakers from outside the university.

“Following cancellation of a talk on campus about trans rights and justice, the university’s vice-chancellor has commissioned a review of the circumstances that resulted in the event being cancelled to establish the facts and to identify recommendations for university policy and practice.”