Key points of the policy and procedure are:
- All disclosures will be acted upon promptly, sensitively, fairly and properly.
- The university will ensure that no-one is at risk of suffering penalty or disadvantage as a result of raising a concern in good faith.
- Disciplinary action may be taken if malicious unfounded allegations are made.
- All disclosures will be considered by an Investigation panel who will investigate disclosures, seek expert advice where appropriate, and produce a report on their findings.
Staff members to whom a disclosure can be made:
- Professor John Harper - Principal and Vice Chancellor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Management Group Members
- Professor Paul Hagan - Vice Principal (Research) and Deputy Principal, email@example.com
- Mrs Vicki Nairn - Vice-Principal (Corporate Operations), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor Liz Hancock - Vice-Principal (Academic Development & Student Experience), email@example.com
- Ms Donella Beaton - Associate Vice-Principal (Business & Economic Development), firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mrs Veronica Strachan - Assistant Chief Academic Officer & Secretary to the Board of Governors, email@example.com
- Emma Corry - Interim Head of Student Recruitment & Admissions, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms Julie Guest - Director of Student Administration, email@example.com
- Mr James Dunphy - Director for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Access, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mr Bill Somerville - Director of Estates and Property Services, email@example.com
- Mr Michael McCall - Director of Finance, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms Lydia Ross - Director of Human Resources, email@example.com
- Mr Scott Matthew - Director of IT and Digital, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms Margaret Buchan - Director of Library Services, email@example.com
- Professor Paul de Leeuw - Director of Oil & Gas Institute, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Dr Duncan Cockburn - Director of Planning & Policy, email@example.com
- Mr Filippo Antoniazzi - Director of Student Life, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor Gordon McConnell - Director of Entrepreneurship & Innovation, email@example.com
- Ms Kate Bullock - Head of Marketing, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor Elizabeth Gammie - Head of Aberdeen Business School, email@example.com
- Professor Andrew Lamb - Head of the Graduate School, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms Libby Curtis - Head of Gray’s School of Art, email@example.com
- Professor Stephen Vertigans - Head of the School of Applied Social Studies, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ms Jo Royle - Head of the School of Creative Cultural Business, email@example.com
- Professor John Isaacs - Head of the School of Computing & Digital Media, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor Iain Steel - Head of the School of Engineering, email@example.com
- Ms Laura Binnie - Interim Head of the School of Health Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor Ian Murray - Head of the School of Nursing & Midwifery, email@example.com
- Professor Donald Cairns - Head of the School of Pharmacy & Life Sciences, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Professor David McClean - Head of the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture & the Built Environment, email@example.com
- Professor Ken MacKinnon - Head of The Law School, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mrs Helen Castle - University Solicitor, email@example.com
Chair of the Board of Governors
- Mr Mike Fleming - Chair of the Board of Governors, firstname.lastname@example.org
Convenor of the Audit Committee
- Mr Ken Milroy - Convenor of the Audit Committee, email@example.com
The Policy and Procedure on Disclosures in the Public Interest (Whistleblowing) is reviewed on an annual basis as a standing item on the Board of Governor’s Audit Committee agenda.
The Audit Committee receive an annual report on Ethics, Whistleblowing, Fraud and Gifts and Hospitality which details any any specific instances of breaches of the university’s policies and provides a record of the enquiries and investigations undertaken by the university in each of these areas.
The findings and outcomes of any investigations are also monitored and reviewed by the Audit Committee.
In May 2018 the university received an anonymous Public Interest Disclosure regarding an alleged conflict of interest in the appointment the Vice Principal for Commercial and Regional Innovation.
A panel of the university’s Board of Governors, which comprised the Convener of the Audit Committee, two independent governors and an external member, carried out a full and thorough investigation into this matter.
The investigation panel followed the university’s policy and procedures on disclosures in the public interest and produced a report on its findings. There then followed a chain of events which culminated in the resignation of the University’s Principal and the appointment of his successor.
Throughout these events there was much comment both in the media and from various stakeholders amidst concerns about the governance aspects of decisions being taken. The University and the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) separately concluded that a “Lessons Learned” review was necessary; agreed that a joint exercise would be the most effective way to undertake this; and agreed that the exercise should identify:
- Where internal processes might be improved at RGU.
- Where improvements might be made to the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance.