Dundee principal suspended ‘over rent row’

Andrew Atherton placed on leave after just nine months in post

October 31, 2019
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The University of Dundee’s principal has been suspended, reportedly after a row over alleged non-payment of rent at the institution.

Andrew Atherton, who started the role in January and was formerly deputy vice-chancellor at Lancaster University, was suspended from office on 13 September pending an investigation that remains to be completed, according to a university spokesman.

The spokesman added: “That process includes an investigation carried out by someone external to the university. As is our policy in any disciplinary case, it would not be appropriate for the university to comment further while the process is ongoing.”

The Courier reported that the row allegedly revolved around non-payment of rent tied to Professor Atherton’s stay at the institution’s University House.

Professor Atherton received a relocation package of £40,000 when he succeeded Sir Pete Downes as Dundee head, on top of his £298,000 remuneration package, the newspaper reported.

ellie.bothwell@timeshighereducation.com

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