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University staff have been suspended over trivial matters

Aberystwyth University run like a ´dictatorship´, according to a teaching union


One of Wales´ leading universities is being run like a dictatorship, according to a teaching union. Managers at Aberystwyth University have been compared to school bullies and staff are fearful for their jobs, claims Martin Wilding, president of the University and College Union (UCU).

It is also claimed university staff were suspended over trivial matters. The university said it was "perplexed" by the accusations, which it said had not been brought to its attention.

Since new vice chancellor April McMahon took over the role in August 2011, 11 members of staff have been suspended and 13 have had their employment terminated, it has been reported.

Mr Wilding said staff were "literally looking over their shoulder," adding there was a sense they were under "constant surveillance".

He claimed there was also no sense of "due process" and "justice" over the suspensions, adding there was a conflict between management and staff that was "a sort of repressive relationship".

Last week the singer Peter Karrie announced he would be resigning a fellowship awarded to him by the university in 2007, and economist John Cable also resigned his emeritus professorship because university management was "disproportionate, aggressive and confrontational".

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