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Star date: 6th August 2009

GARY DUKE SACKED SHOCK (?)

This morning Salford University lecturer, Gary Duke was sacked for `bringing the University into disrepute' after producing a spoof `Vice Consul's Newsletter' during the spate of job losses announced by the University.

"There is a long satirical tradition within our University system" said Gary after the hearing "Private Eye and other publications emerged from this tradition. These newsletters were produced within this tradition. They were and are extremely popular. They gave people a sense that at least someone was fighting back when people were being bullied and hounded out of their jobs by management as part of 'Project Headroom'. I believe the decision of the panel and the University, to dismiss me on the basis of these findings, has serious implications for Freedom of Speech within this institution…"


Gary Duke was accused of two things by the University of Salford  - victimising two individuals and bringing the University into disrepute.

Here's what Gary has to say on both charges…

On victimisation…

"I was accused of the victimisation, harassment and bullying of two individuals, Professor John Wilson and student and part-time member of staff Li Xiang. No evidence (evidential statement) was presented to me at the hearing of their complaints against me of victimisation, harassment or bullying.

Both refused to be called as witnesses to answer questions regarding the nature of the allegations made against me, and to the specific content contained within the newsletters that concerned them.

Michael Harloe and Martin Hall, although named within the Vice Consul's Newsletters, did not make charges of victimisation, bullying and harassment. Both were asked to appear as witnesses by me and both refused."

On bringing the University into disrepute…

"I was accused of bringing the university into disrepute through attacking senior management (Deans of Faculty for example) more generally. When I mentioned to the panel and the investigating officer Scott Mulholland who was present, that he had stated that management were fair targets for satire, he denied this. This was despite the fact that this was clearly stated within the minutes of the two investigatory meetings held prior to the disciplinary hearing, which were presented as evidence at the disciplinary hearing.

I was also accused of being 'responsible for the distribution of the newsletters throughout the university'. Again I asked if there was any evidence to show that I was directly responsible for the distribution of the newsletters throughout the university. They stated that there was no evidence, apart from the fact that I had authored the newsletters and passed them on to another person via electronic means. They suggested that as several newsletters appeared that I must have known that they would be distributed more widely."

On the University of Salford…

"The right to speak out publicly against corruption, profligacy, nepotism, bullying and victimisation, should be encouraged in a public institution such as Salford University. This will send out the opposite message.

There are no genuine mechanisms to deal with complaints or wider criticisms. Suspension of members of staff is being regularly used to silence any dissent or criticism. This is a terrible form of bullying.

As well as being suspended and sacked, management have also attacked my PhD which I was in the process of submitting. Management have taken away my right to earn a living teaching at Salford University. By suspending me as a student and attacking my PhD, they want to take away my right to earn a living as a lecturer in the future. This is particularly vindictive. It is also widely unpopular among staff and students at Salford.

Do I believe that this process and hearing will be unbiased? The fact that they advertised my position as lecturer in sociology in the School of Languages on the 17 July, seventeen days before my disciplinary hearing, and nineteen days before my dismissal, demonstrates that the whole process was a sham. What sort of employer puts someone through a stressful process like this knowing that the outcome is already determined? This is disgraceful.

My concern that the disciplinary hearing was being held over the summer holiday period when many staff were away (some of my own witnesses could not appear as they were on holiday) and would seriously affect the outcome, was also completely ignored. It's like the Moscow show trials but worse because it's carried out behind closed doors."

Stop Press:

4:30pm 6th August 2009

The University has just given us this statement...

A part-time lecturer at the University of Salford has been dismissed from his post after admitting that he was the author of several newsletters defaming a number of his colleagues. His dismissal followed a disciplinary hearing at which he acknowledged that he had authored a series of newsletters which the University's Disciplinary Panel found to have contained malicious and personally damaging remarks and included personal attacks on a student and other members of the University
 
The Panel also found that he had distributed the newsletters and that this act was harassment and victimisation. It also brought the University into disrepute.
 
A spokesperson for the University said "A part-time lecturer has been dismissed from the University's employment because of actions that the Disciplinary Panel found had amounted to gross misconduct."


See previous article here…

9th December 2010: Latest Update click here


 

The light in the darkness wrote
at 13:32:32 on 08 December 2010
Maybe the vice Consul of Salford will now seek a sentence of hanging for the salford leak conspiritors ? [!] (in the context of current news re wiki-leaks .org) Maybe they [the conspiritors] should release more information about the aleged infidelity of the certain lecturer mentioned, it would be more interesting how the information was gleened in the fist instance. I am quite sure of it being one of the coleagues another lecturer at Salford University who is himself inside the can of worms of transgressing the boundaries of professional conduct one ought to be able to expect of a university lecturer.
 
anon wrote
at 20:48:40 on 07 December 2010
This seems to be across all universities but only now the ivory towers in which these people hide are slowly becoming exposed...............and about time They do whatever they please without any thought as to how they ruin their own students in their process
 
Leah K. wrote
at 08:27:20 on 09 November 2009
Salford Business School is a sham. This man is not the first to be bullied out of his job and he won't be the last. John Wilson is a rotten man infecting the school.
 
Kim Aral wrote
at 16:16:13 on 19 August 2009
TRIANGLE REVERTS ITSELF UPSIDE DOWN NOW AND AGAIN. PERHARPS IT IS NOT THE RIGHT TIME FOR US TO CHANGE HOWEVER, WE ARE THE BASE OF THE TRIANLGE ANYWAY X
 
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