Action plan response to SFC report

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AN action plan has been published in response to the Scottish Funding Council’s independent review of complaints about the treatment of staff at Adam Smith College.

The two-week review, led by DLA Piper and supported by a team of HR specialists, ended on March 23.

The college’s Board of Governors considered the findings last week, agreeing to adopt and oversee a comprehensive set of actions, putting in place a number of measures to address outstanding issues, and reporting to the funding council on a monthly basis.

The 26 recommendations cover behaviours, process and governance with the most urgent actions including further independent investigations into the behaviour of senior staff at the college and further investigation into allegations of the misuse of college funds.

Disciplinary

The Funding Council expects disciplinary measures to be taken if allegations of misconduct or financial irregularities are substantiated as a result.

Other key responses include an independent review of the college’s HR function and oversight at Board level of Public Interest Disclosures.

A series of measures to improve the working culture at the college are to be prioritised, introducing regular staff surveys to ensure progress in this and other areas.

Accessible

The college is also looking at its governance arrangements as well as how college board members can become more accessible to staff.

Mark Batho, Scottish Funding Council chief executive, said: “This review has been both comprehensive and authoritative and has achieved a great deal within a necessarily short period of time.

“Over 200 people have contributed to its findings and the recommendations address issues that need to be resolved as a matter of urgency.

“We will continue our involvement with the college to ensure that staff and students benefit from the outcome of this review as quickly as possible.”