Face suspension or resign, Leeds Met told v-c

“The chairman of the board of governors at Leeds Metropolitan University gave its vice-chancellor the option of resigning within 48 hours or facing suspension while allegations that he bullied senior colleagues were investigated, Times Higher Education can reveal. At a meeting on 11 November 2008, Ninian Watt and his deputy, Keith Ramsay, told Simon Lee that they planned to call in an independent solicitor to investigate allegations that the vice-chancellor had reduced senior colleagues to tears and accused them of disloyalty. Professor Lee denied the allegations but agreed to leave in summer 2009. Had he chosen suspension, his absence would have been immediately apparent to the public as the university’s winter graduation ceremony was scheduled to take place three days after the meeting. The vice-chancellor signed a compromise agreement with Leeds Met, and his resignation was announced on 14 January 2009 …” (more)

[Melanie Newman, THE, 2 February]

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