Strathclyde University has launched a probe into "racist and sexist" abuse by one of their students. 

The victim shared a series of abrasive and "irrefutably racist" messages that were sent to her on Instagram. 

She said that while she does not believe in "hounding people online" she believed that if someone is "being intentionally abrasive, rude and irrefutably racist" that they should be called out. 

Screenshots of the messages sent to the woman by the Strathclyde student repeatedly use sexist slurs and comments, as well as racist statements. 

He told her he was "proud of British history"  while claiming the woman was "ashamed" of hers labelling her ancestors as "dimwit". 

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In her Instagram story, where she shared screenshots of the comments, she added: "Being anti-racist also means holding people accountable for their clownery." 

Strathclyde University responded to shares of the tweet stating that an investigation is underway "as a matter of urgency". 

A spokeswoman wrote: "The University is aware of this post and an investigation is underway as a matter of urgency.

"Unacceptable behaviour has no place at Strathclyde and we will not tolerate any form of discrimination, harassment, victimisation or bullying.

"We are committed to providing an environment where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.

"If you see any inappropriate behaviour please report it via our online Report & Support facility."

Meanwhile, its students' union also responded to the tweet, stating: "We are aware of comments circulating online made by a University of Strathclyde student.

"We wish to make it clear that the Student Union is an anti-racist and anti-sexist organisation that fights bigotry.

"Due to our role in the internal complaints procedure of the University, we cannot comment on this individual case.

"We uphold principles of anti-racism & anti-sexism in everything that we do and we believe Universities have a responsibility to protect students from bigotry and abuse."