08 February 2011
Former university finance chief awarded defamation compensation
The former director of finance at an educational institution in the north of England has been awarded a compensation settlement after suing his former employers for defamation.
According to the News & Star, Peter Armer took legal action against the University of Cumbria - which was formed when St Martin College, UCLan in Cumbria and the Cumbria Insitute of Arts merged - after leaving his post there in September 2009.
Mr Armer sued the institution after its former vice chancellor, Professor Peter McCaffrey suggested in an interview with the Times Higher education Supplement that he may have been partly responsible for the university's financial troubles.
In addition, Dr McCaffrey also revealed that Mr Armer has been on long-term sick leave for a period of three months.
As a result of this, the former employee has received an undisclosed but "substantial" sum for damages from the university, the news source added.
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Posted by Richard Saunders