Swansea University vice-chancellor Prof Richard B Davies suspended

Professor Richard B Davies Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption Prof Richard B Davies has been vice-chancellor of the university since 2003

Swansea University has suspended its vice-chancellor, officials have confirmed.

Prof Richard B Davies, who has held the role at the university since 2003, stood aside for an internal investigation to be carried out.

The dean of the school of management, Prof Marc Clement, and two other staff members, have also been suspended.

A Swansea University spokesman said Prof Davies and Prof Clement were suspended on full pay.

In an email, seen by BBC Wales, staff were told by registrar Andrew Rhodes, that the matters being looked into did not concern “the academic performance of the university or its financial wellbeing”.

Mr Rhodes is to take on vice-chancellor duties on an interim basis.

He added: “I appreciate that a lot of questions will arise from this message, but it will not be possible to provide more detail at this time.

Image caption Staff were sent an email about the news on Monday

Prof Davies, who was brought up in west Wales, studied Engineering at Cambridge before getting a PhD at Bristol University.

Last year, he presented Hilary Clinton with an honorary degree from the university and was at the helm during the opening of the £450m Bay Campus near Fabian Way.

Llanelli-born Prof Clement has held several senior academic positions and was appointed dean of the school of management in 2015.

A Swansea University spokesman said: “We can confirm that the vice-chancellor and Professor Marc Clement have been suspended on full pay, pending the outcome of on an internal investigation.

“We are not making any further comment at this stage.”

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