Weir ditched as dean in Jordanhill putsch

6th April 2001 at 01:00
The Jordanhill-based education faculty of education at Strathclyde University is under new management following the unexpected defeat of Professor Douglas Weir as dean in what looks to have been a rank and file putsch.

The electorate of 182 academic staff chose in his place Iain Smith, director of overseas projects, who has been a senior figure at Jordanhill for many years. Elections for dean are held every four years with the incumbent eligible to stand for another two years.

Mr Smith was elected by 83 voes to 68.

Professor Weir has been a prominent and outspoken figure in teacher education circles, particularly in recent months as the teacher education institutions face unprecedented change with the influx of 4,000 extra teachers over the next few years and the prospect of a far-reaching review.

Mr Smith said he did not plan any strategic change of direction.

The new dean, who is aged 53, is a native of Lewis and has been in his present post for four years. Prior to that he was vice-dean.

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