V-c quits over Australian admissions scandal

The vice-chancellor of an Australian university is to step down along with his deputy over “irregularities” that helped a close relative to secure a place at the institution.

November 9, 2011

Paul Greenfield, vice-chancellor of the University of Queensland, will stand down in the middle of next year after the unnamed relative was allegedly admitted to read medicine without meeting the full entry criteria.

His deputy, Michael Keniger, is also stepping down, the Australian media has reported.

However, while Professor Greenfield has accepted responsibility “as CEO” for a decision that “was inappropriate and benefited a close relative”, he insisted that it was “neither requested nor made by me”.

Instead, he claimed it was “the result of an unfortunate misunderstanding of a conversation and a breakdown in the normal checks and balances that control such decisions”.

Maurie McNarn, Queensland’s secretary, says in an email to staff that Professor Greenfield and Professor Keniger have “paid a high price over an irregularity that occurred in our admission procedure”.

“However, we cannot have one standard for some and a different one for others,” he adds.

“The issue clearly demonstrates a willingness, at great cost, to protect the integrity of our academic processes.”

Changes to tighten admission rules are due to go to the university’s senate on 8 December.

john.gill@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

Monster behind man at desk

Despite all that’s been done to improve doctoral study, horror stories keep coming. Here three students relate PhD nightmares while two academics advise on how to ensure a successful supervision

Sir Christopher Snowden, former Universities UK president, attacks ratings in wake of Southampton’s bronze award

celebrate, cheer, tef results

Emilie Murphy calls on those who challenged the teaching excellence framework methodology in the past to stop sharing their university ratings with pride

Reflection of man in cracked mirror

To defend the values of reason from political attack we need to be more discriminating about the claims made in its name, says John Hendry

But the highest value UK spin-off companies mainly come from research-intensive universities, latest figures show