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RGU Losses Another Senior Academic

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Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen who recently lost its principal over a conflict of interest, have now seen a senior academic step down.

Mark Sollis, a vice-principal at the university left his position less than three months after Ferdinand von Prondzynski resigned as principal.

Professor von Prondzynski quit in the summer after the board heard there was "considerable concern among a broad spectrum of university employees" about the handling of an internal inquiry into his business links with another vice-principal, Gordon McConnell.

The two academics were co-directors of a firm that owned a castle in Ireland, but the connection was not declared during the recruitment process. Although the university concluded it was a genuine oversight, Professor von Prondzynski resigned after another vice-principal threatened to quit in protest.

Meanwhile, Mr Sollis acted as the head of university advancement but spent less than two years in the post. A spokeswoman for RGU said: "The university can confirm he has left his position to return to Canada" but would not provide any further comment.