THE education faculty at Glasgow University has been rocked by fresh controversy after five senior staff resigned before Christmas. The five were snubbed in their professorial ambitions but had raised wider concerns about the way the faculty is run.
Other members of the 100-strong staff have lent support, amid claims of "management by patronage" since the faculty was created last April by the merger of the university's education department with St Andrew's College, the country's last Roman Catholic teacher training centre.
There is no suggestion the latest dispute involves religious issues, although some former university staff point to difficulties in adjusting to a new culture. "There have been misconceptions about matters of funding and a certain disillusionment has set in," one said.
The five staff, who all have been asked by Sir Graeme Davies, the university principal, to reconsider, are Dr alter Humes, head of educational studies, Jim Conroy, head of religious education, Dr Hirek Kwiatkowski, head of curricular studies, Philip Donnelly, head of IT, and Stephen Baron, director of research.
The staff declined to comment, although it is understood they are unhappy with the strategic and operational management of Professor Bart McGettrick, dean of faculty. Other concerns centre on promotion and research policies.
Professor McGettrick believed the resignations followed the university's decision to reject applications from the five for professorships. "It is disappointing at this early stage of the development of the faculty to have key members so concerned that they feel it is appropriate to tender their resignation. The faculty has a number of plans in place to develop over the coming years and I would hope the heads of department would play a prominent part in that development."