Conflict of Interest over Vice Chancellor Appointment

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Dear Queen’s University Belfast,

Could you please answer the following question in full relation to the appointment of Professor Johnston's appointment as Vice Chancellor. Your earlier response to this question was both evasive and vague.

How were potential conflicts of interest addressed when making the appointment of Vice Chancellor.? Consider the facts. Professor Johnston has a commercial link to Almac Diagnostics. The company or Almac Group has donated over £20m funding via the McClay Foundation. Does this not constitute a clear conflict of interest? It looks as if he was appointed to ensure continuing funding from Almac/McClay Foundation? It also shows that the University appointment process is rather flawed

Yours faithfully,

John Armitage

Information Compliance, Queen's University Belfast

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Dear Mr Armitage,

Please find attached correspondence from Amanda Aicken, Information Compliance Unit, Queen's University Belfast.

Regards,

Suzanne.

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Suzanne Walsh, Queen's University Belfast

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Dear Mr Armitage,

 

Please find attached the response to your second Freedom of Information
request.  Please accept my apologies – I had sent the response to your
original email account from the first request.

 

Regards,

 

Suzanne.

 

From: Suzanne Walsh
Sent: 10 April 2014 15:50
To: [email address]
Subject: Freedom of Information request

 

Dear Mr Armitage,

 

Please find attached a response, in relation to your recent Freedom of
Information request, from Amanda Aicken, Information Compliance Unit,
Queen’s University Belfast.

 

Regards,

 

Suzanne Walsh

Registrar's Office

Lanyon South

Tel: 028 9097 2505