A husband wronged

23rd January 1998 at 00:00
Aberdeen College, part 36. Ever-alert staff at the north-east FE outpost have once again passed on a memo from principal Rae Angus complaining about staff passing on his memos to us.

Angus is clearly not a man who dislikes publicity, good or bad. He has even circulated copies of the recent TES Scotland news item which recorded the appointment of his wife as a vice-principal (sorry, the adding of new responsibilities to her already extensive workload) - and, for good measure, included copies of his reply to our report.

In his latest missive, he tells his staff: "Frankly this sort of approach is silly. Like other colleges, we will face major challenges in the coming months, as budgets become even tighter - ours included. My time - and your interests - would certainly be better served addressing these issues than in writing semi-humorous letters to The TESS. That said, I need to respond to such matters to set the record straight, if nothing else, and will take the time needed to do so."

Aberdeen's principal has also taken the trouble to draw his staff's attention to another publicity coup, this time in Private Eye, which he reminds everyone is merely "a satirical magazine". This item, too, highlighted the multi-functional Mrs Angus. It did not, of course mention Roddy Scott, the other vice-principal. That, wrote Angus (Mr), "would spoil the fun".

Despite everything, he promises staff: "I will continue to keep you informed, by letter, of important matters - even though this is not one of them."

Now that is good news.

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