A Baptist University scholar who took part in the Occupy movement has been asked by the institution's dean of social sciences not to continue in a leadership position for the sake of academic "objectivity". Shiu Ka-chun, who lectures on social work, was re-elected associate director of the Centre for Youth Research and Practice on May 15. He has held the post for five years. But Professor Adrian Bailey expressed worries about "public perception" and "unwelcome attention" that could arise from reappointing Shiu, according to documents seen by the South China Morning Post . Shiu was one of a core group of Occupy activists who turned themselves in to police in the aftermath of the 79-day civil disobedience movement last year. When asked about the incident by the Post , Bailey said he would "respect" the election result. He denied having taken into account Shiu's politics. Shiu said the attempt to block him from the post amounted to political suppression. On June 12, Bailey met with Professor Petrus Ng Yat-nam, head of the social work department, and Dr Angela Tsun On-kee, the centre's director, to request Shiu reconsider his role. Bailey was quoted as expressing "worry that given the high profile of Shiu, the independence of [the centre] may be compromised". Education sector lawmaker Ip Kin-yuen has demanded an investigation into the case in an open letter to Professor Albert Chan Sun-chi, president and vice-chancellor of the university. A spokesman for the university said Bailey had admitted meeting Tsun to "express his concern about the appointment, including whether it will affect the public's perception of the independence and objectivity of the centre". "Professor Bailey stressed that his concern is about maintaining the objectivity of the centre and is not related to the political stance of any staff member, and he will respect the election result," the spokesman said. But Shiu said questions remained about Bailey's remarks, and urged him to explain what he had meant by "objectivity". "This is political suppression. And it would be very dangerous to connect my political involvement - although Bailey stopped short of expressing it - with my academic neutrality," Shiu said. "Only my work should be used to judge whether I uphold academic neutrality," he said. Several other academics have run into trouble over their involvement with political causes. On Monday, the University of Hong Kong's governing council will meet to discuss a report on an inquiry into the controversial handling of HK$1.45 million worth of donations to the university by Benny Tai Yiu-ting, the legal academic who co-founded Occupy Central.