In this issue we examine serious allegations of bullying at the Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, Edinburgh. Earlier this month, these made national newspaper headlines for a third time so warrant investigation.
There are various claims of unfair treatment, discrimination and abuse of HR systems chronicled in our coverage (pp 294–297)
We report that an investigation by Intersol Global, commissioned by the University of Edinburgh (UoE), found evidence of ‘shocking levels of harassment’ and an ‘intolerable breach of basic health and safety’. Intersol filed a full and summary report on the matter but the university has refused to publish either. A copy of the summary report was, however, sent to this journal this month.
At the centre of the bullying and harassment claims is the head of the vet school, David Argyle. According to allegations made by several current and former employees, he has created a fiefdom that...