08 May 2009
Researcher wins unfair dismissal claim
A university researcher has been successful in her claim of unfair dismissal.
Dr Sinead Rhodes alleged that she lost her position at Stirling University following a dispute with a senior colleague, the Herald reports.
After her second fixed-term contract was not renewed, she took the institution to an employment tribunal.
During the hearing, the university - which was established in 1967 on the Airthrey Estate - conceded that her dismissal had been unfair and it accepted liability in principle.
At a subsequent hearing, it was decided that the psychology lecturer - who subsequently took up a role at Strathclyde University in Glasgow - should receive £92 a week for ongoing losses as a result of additional travel costs.
This was also to cover extra childcare costs, as Dr Rhodes is a mother of one child.
In total, this amounted to compensation of £10,878 for the two-year period since she left Stirling University.