Please take the chair - next door

March 14, 2003

Ben Pimlott appears to have learnt little from the sustained attacks he has suffered at the hands of his staff and governors as warden of Goldsmiths College, University of London. A new tier of senior managers - unofficially to keep Professor Pimlott in check - is being introduced after the Association of University Teachers described him as "autocratic" and passed a vote of no confidence, and governors threatened to put him on probation.

Last week, Professor Pimlott gatecrashed a staff meeting initiated to discuss the reforms and attempted to chair the debate. Only after protests from the AUT and a vote by the 90 staff present did he reluctantly step down and retire to the back of the room.

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