'Bullying and harassment at Edinburgh

17 Oct 2020

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By Adele Waters

Several current and former members of staff at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh, are calling for the current dean, David Argyle, to be removed from his post.

They have spoken to Vet Record following the conclusion of an investigation into alleged ‘bullying and harassment’ at the institution (see case studies, pp 296–297).

Alongside his role as dean of the vet school, Argyle is currently junior vice president of the RCVS, meaning he is set to become its president next year. Some staff also claim that he is unfit for that role.

As part of an investigation carried out by an external agency, Intersol Global, 21 staff across a wide range of roles at the University of Edinburgh’s vet school and Roslin Institute were interviewed in February and March this year. The probe identified eight allegations:

  • An ‘intolerable breach of basic health and...