Christ Church dean faces coup

first_imgRebellious academics are reportedly seeking to oust the Dean of Christ Church Martyn Percy, as they take issue with his modernising agenda.The Reverend Professor – who has held the post since 2014 – has spent the last two week in Wales on sick leave, allegedly as a result of a “hellish bullying campaign by dons”. He is set to face an internal tribunal, which could result in his removal from office.While the attempted ‘coup’ is officially concerned with academic pay, which the Dean determines, Cherwell understands that the real motivation is Percy’s status as a reformer.His tenure has been characterized by a focus on increased social inclusivity and attempts to increase the college’s state school intake. The process of removal reportedly began in September, when he sought a pay review of college staff under gender pay gap rules. Previously, he had helped derail the appointment of Philip North – who refuses to acknowledge ordination of women as priests – as Bishop of Sheffield.For a tribunal to take place, both the Governing Body and the ‘Chapter’ of Christ Church must both determine that there is “sufficient evidence” of grounds for dismissal.Speaking to the Daily Mail, a Christ Church insider complained that “the everyday governance of the college has all but ground to a stop.“The dean has done nothing wrong apart from upset a number of academics close to retirement.”A Christ Church spokesman said: “The Governing Body and Chapter of Christ Church have agreed to set up an internal tribunal with an independent chair in accordance with the college’s statutes. The tribunal will review a formal complaint made against the dean. It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”last_img read more

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Warburtons to spend £10m on new ad drive

first_imgWarburtons is to spend £10m on a new advertising campaign, only weeks after it revealed a £25m investment programme at its Bolton bakery.The nationwide advertising campaign will run across television, print and on-line media and will feature the new strap-line ’Warburtons. We care because our name’s on it’. Launching in the spring, the television ads will feature actual Warburtons employees and members of the Warburtons family.The firm’s multi-million-pound investment at its Bolton site will involve the redevelopment of the bakery on Hereford Street, with a new facility to be commissioned from September 2011.It will result in the closure of two of its existing bread plants, threatening the jobs of around a quarter of its workforce at the site. “As the two existing bread plants require upgrading, we will be creating a new single facility that will ensure we have a sustainable and efficient manufacturing site to meet future customer requirements,” said Warburtons.The firm revealed that 121 jobs, out of the 234 employed on the two bread plants, are at risk. Around 480 staff are employed at the Bolton bakery, which produces over two million bread products a week.The firm will now enter into a 90-day consultation period, followed by a 30-day consultation period, said Ian Hodson, organising regional secretary for the Bakers, Food & Allied Workers Union. He told British Baker that the shop stewards were “pretty devastated by the news”.Warburtons declined to comment further on its plans for the new facility at present.last_img read more

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