Thursday, July 7, 2011

Fifth member of Abertay University court resigns as university crisis deepens, the Chairman of the Court, Nigel Hawkins post untenable now!

Dear All

People walk out with their feet.

A further member of the governing body of Abertay University has stood down as the Principal Bernard King saga continues.

Bob Doak, a director at WL Gore, resigned from the university court on Thursday morning, the university has confirmed.

The institute has been in turmoil since the suspension of its principal Prof Bernard King earlier this year.

Four other members of the university court have now resigned in recent months, including Tayside Police Chief Constable Justine Curran.

The court, which is responsible for the university's finances and administration, is made up of 25 staff and lay members.

Lay members are recruited to the court from industry and commerce, while others are included for their experience in the community.

Mr Doak has not given a reason for standing down from the body.

On Wednesday, a leading academic at the university called on the chairman of the court to resign over the row with its principal.

In an e-mail seen by the BBC, Professor Phillipe Baveye accused the university court of being "amateurish, inept, incompetent and irresponsible".

The allegations were strongly denied by Abertay University.

Five resignations don’t seem to be a vote of confidence in management.

A spokesman for the university said:

"We received Mr Doak's formal resignation from court this morning. We are very sorry to see him leave and we thank him for the valuable contributions he has made to the deliberations of court during his tenure."

It seems that Abertay University is experiencing a NOTW wobble with people deserting the ship.

And the Principal Bernard King still has his employment tribunal to go, when he is reinstated, his first job is ensure stability by getting rid of the people who caused this problem.

By the book!

Yours sincerely

George Laird
The Campaign for Human Rights at Glasgow University

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