According to a report in the Sunday Times last weekend, RCVS Junior Vice-President David Argyle has been facing allegations of bullying at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies which he heads.

The newspaper report said things have been so bad at the school that 20 staff left following conflicts with Professor Argyle and an investigation by the University and College Union (UCU) found "shocking levels of harassment".

Furthermore, an agency hired by the university to investigate the claims broadly supported the UCU's findings.

Nevertheless, a University of Edinburgh spokesperson told VetSurgeon.org that: "An internal review has fully and robustly investigated these claims of bullying and found no evidence of misconduct. The decision was upheld after an appeal."

"We have also held discussions with UCU, and have well-developed plans for staff development at the Easter Bush campus and for a survey of all staff who work there"

A UCU spokesperson added: “UCU raised the very serious concerns on a culture of bullying and harassment at the university’s veterinary school with the employer last year, and has been working together with senior management to address these issues. We will be discussing the next steps with management and we will consult with our members to gauge their views on the plans to improve working conditions”.

For the full report, visit (paywall): https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/top-vet-professor-david-argyle-at-centre-of-bullying-claims-at-edinburgh-university-5hlnmwjl8 


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