The Campus Rumpus; Sacked University Head Denies Setting Up Jobs for Family and Friends

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Byline: ANDREW DENHOLM

A DISGRACED former principal of a university invented well-paid jobs for his family and friends, an industrial tribunal heard yesterday.

In one instance, it was alleged, Professor Stan Mason changed the requirements of a vacancy to suit his daughter-in-law's qualifications.

The 62-year-old was also accused of inventing jobs for his own children and the children of two close friends while ensuring their salaries were artificially inflated.

The allegations, coupled with evidence that he misused university funds, led to his dismissal last year from his [pounds sterling]123,000 post at Glasgow Caledonian University for gross misconduct.

Mr Mason, who was principal for over ten years, claims that he was unfairly sacked.

Yesterday Michael Graham, 53, chairman of the university's inquiry panel, said Mr Mason had brought the institute into disrepute.

'He used his influence to employ close friends or the relations of close friends,' said Mr Graham. 'That constitutes an inexcusable breach of his authority.' An investigation was held after rumours that friends of Mr Mason were being employed in increasing numbers at the university.

The tribunal heard that, in particular, doubts were thrown over the appointment of Gillian Hughes as catering manager, Stephen Mclaughlin as assistant catering manager and Sadie Mason as recreation and development officer. …