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RGU Start Search for New Principal

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Aberdeen's Robert Gordon University (RGU) has begun searching for a new principal to lead the institution.

An appointment is expected by spring of next year, ahead of the recruit taking up the position in September 2020.

The new principal will succeed Professor John Harper, who replaced Ferdinand von Prondzynski on a fixed two-year deal after he stepped down following a row over his business links with VP Gordon McConnell.

The institution also faced criticism over a lack of a formal recruitment process.

Commenting on the position, a spokeswoman for RGU said: "The university's current principal, Professor John Harper, is retiring on August 31, 2020."

"RGU has therefore embarked upon the recruitment process, in line with the Scottish Code of Good Higher Education Governance, for a new principal to lead the university and build on its strengths as an innovative, inclusive, impactful and professionally-focused institution."

This time around the university's board of governors has established an appointment committee to oversee the process and to set-up a selection committee.

Mary Senior, UCU Scotland official, said: "While the university will be appreciative of Prof Harper bringing some stability to the institution, the new principal appointment comes at a critical time for the sector."

"With Brexit uncertainty, and campus unions in dispute with university employers over pay and equality issues, the new principal will need to hit the ground running."