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Scottish uni bosses accused of ‘jobs for the boys’ racket

UNIVERSITY bosses in Scotland were accused today of operating a “jobs for the boys” system after a new principal was appointed without a recruitment process.

The current principal of Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, is stepping down and will be replaced by his deputy, Professor John Harper.

But the University and College Union (UCU) complained that no-one else had been given the chance to apply for the job.

UCU Scotland official Mary Senior said: “It is particularly galling to see this jobs for the boys approach at a time when there is considerable debate about the need for more diversity in senior positions in universities and society at large.”

Male principals have also been appointed recently at Edinburgh and Dundee universities.

A spokesperson for Robert Gordon University said: “Professor John Harper’s appointment was in line with the university’s recruitment procedures.

“The board acted decisively in securing stability and continuity for the university in the appointment.”

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