Swansea University has sacked its vice-chancellor, Prof Richard Davies, for gross misconduct.
Prof Davies and Prof Marc Clement, dean of the school of management, were dismissed with immediate effect following the findings of an independent investigation and a disciplinary panel.
The pair had been suspended on full pay in November 2018 while the investigation was conducted.
The university has given no reason for the dismissals and both Davies and Clement have denied any wrongdoing.
Grievances brought by both employees have also been dismissed outright by the independent investigating manager and by the disciplinary panel – Swansea University
In a statement, Swansea University said: “A decision on a third member of staff as part of the disciplinary process is pending, and as such Swansea University is unable to comment further on the reasons for dismissal at this time.”
It has been reported the dismissal relates to the pair’s involvement in a £200m Life Science and Wellness Village project, planned for Llanelli as part of the £1.3bn Swansea Bay City deal.
In its statement, Swansea University also said: “After a thorough and independent analysis by external legal advisors, an independent investigation by a leading employment law barrister, and a further thorough examination by an impartial disciplinary panel, Swansea University has today dismissed Professor Richard B. Davies from his position as vice-chancellor, and Professor Marc Clement from his position as dean of the school of management and executive chair of the institute of life sciences, for gross misconduct, with immediate effect.
“Grievances brought by both employees have also been dismissed outright by the independent investigating manager and by the disciplinary panel.”
BBC Wales reported that they intended to appeal against the decision.
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