Interim college principal suspended

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THE acting principal of Adam Smith College in Kirkcaldy has been suspended this morning pending investigations into financial irregularities at the college.

The shock news was issued in a statement from Irene Morrison, chairman of the College Board, shortly after 10.00 a.m. this morning (Friday).

It stated: “Interim reports from Public Interest Disclosures in the college have raised concerns about the procedures by which the college handled a number of projects supported by European funds.

“In response to concerns raised, the Board has today suspended the Interim Principal, Ian Harrington to allow a full disciplinary investigation to be carried out.

“The suspension of a staff member in these circumstances is consistent with the college policy on such matters and does not in any way pre-judge the outcome of a disciplinary investigation.

“The Board is determined to address and resolve all of the issues that have been identified. It has shared these concerns with the Scottish Funding Council and the Scottish Government and is now working urgently to address the matters raised.”

It went on to say that, while the investigations were carried out, staff would continue to be supported to “deliver a high quality of learning and teaching” and would continue to work towards the amalgamation with Carnegie College in Dunfermline to form a new Fife College.

“To ensure these key priorities are achieved, the Board considers the immediate appointment of an acting principal to be an essential measure. Martin McGuire, currently principal at Cumbernauld College, has agreed to take up the temporary position as acting principal,” the statement concluded.