A U.K. academic who is a leading authority on "real-life" vampires is facing an investigation following allegations that he had licked up a student's blood after she cut herself in one of his classes. Dr Emyr Williams, a Senior Lecturer in Psychology at north Wales' Wrexham Glyndwr University was reportedly seen licking the blood off his fingers after rubbing them in the bloodstain that the student had left behind. The student reported seeing this as she was leaving the room. She then reported what she saw to Ph.D. candidate Helen Coleman who launched a "whistleblowing campaign" against the lecturer.
Since the incident reportedly occurred four years ago, Ms. Coleman complains that nothing further had been done to protect students and that she herself had been dropped from the Ph.D. program as a result of her speaking out. She is currently engaged in a legal action against the university and her legal counsel insists that her actions have made her the target of academic bullying. While representatives for the university deny that Ms. Coleman was mistreated in any way, the tribunal investigating the entire matter is still underway.
Dr. Williams has been a controversial figure for a number of years due to his academic work on vampires, real and fictional, as well as his claims to the media that there are over 15,000 vampires currently living in the U.K. He is denying the allegations against him and insists that he is not a vampire, something that led to his "struggling" to gain the trust of the close-knit vampire community.