Close and personal relationship policy

James McNeel made this Freedom of Information request to University of Glasgow

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Dear University of Glasgow,

Does the University have a policy to deal sensitively, but effectively, with situations when a senior member of staff forms a close and personal relationship with a subordinate?

If so, could you please tell me:
- How does this policy deal with situations such as conflict of interest, accusation of bias, favouritism or prejudice?
- How does this policy ensure that other subordinates of the same senior member of staff feel confident of fair treatment without the fear that a close personal relationship will influence their or other employees’ treatment or broader working relationship?

Yours faithfully,

James McNeel

FOI Office, University of Glasgow

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Dear Mr McNeel,

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FOI Office, University of Glasgow

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Dear Mr McNeel,

Please find attached the University's response to your Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 request dated 14 February 2011, timed 18:39 hours.

You will find that the University's response to your information request is in PDF (Portable Document Format) file(s) attached to this email.

The PDF file format is used for electronic distribution because it preserves the look and feel of the original document complete with fonts, colours, images, and layout. To open a PDF file you can download a free program called Acrobat Reader and install it onto your computer by clicking on to the following URL:

http://www.adobe.co.uk/products/acrobat/...

Yours sincerely,

Data Protection and Freedom of Information Office

Direct Line: +44 (0)141 330 2523
Fax: 0141 330 4920

Gilbert Scott Building
University of Glasgow
University Avenue
Glasgow G12 8QQ

The University of Glasgow, charity number SC004401

Julie Fraser left an annotation ()

How can grievance procedures effectively deal with these types of situations? I think you have misinterpreted the meaning of a grievance.

A complaint must be based on facts. The University seems to be a secretive organisation, so getting the facts appears to be almost impossible. For example, the University refuses to publish expenses for all staff and also refuses to publish the names of those who have been granted time off to study at the University with their fees being paid for by the University. If members of staff have their travelling expenses requests or applications to have University funded study refused, how can they determine if they have been treated fairly/unfairly without knowing the identity of other staff who have been successfully awarded such perks?

Perhaps the first step should be an open policy by which all privileges granted to staff, beyond their salary, are published so there are opportunities for those wishing to complain.

Lorna Stevens left an annotation ()

I find it shocking that our university does not have a policy to govern this type of situation.

Especially in the light of the recent revelations about the Royal Bank of Scotland.

Sir Fred Goodwin's lover promoted twice
The mistress of Sir Fred Goodwin was promoted twice while he was chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/l...