Backing for Mike Russell in secret recording college row

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A UNIVERSITY principal has backed education secretary Mike Russell, after the minister demanded the resignation of a
senior college official who
secretly recorded him.

Mike Russell called for Kirk Ramsay, chairman of Stow College in Glasgow, to step down after a recording of a meeting was made and shared with
others in the sector.

Professor Ferdinand von Prondzynski, principal of Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen, said he “fully sympathised” with the education secretary after experiencing a similar episode while president of Dublin City University.

Commenting on his blog, Prof von Prondzynski, who chaired a recent review of university governance on behalf of the Scottish Government, said: “I have to say, I fully sympathise with the cabinet secretary.”

Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat education spokesman Liam McArthur accused Mr Russell of “histrionics”, calling on him to withdraw his demand.

He said: “The education secretary’s crumbling relationship with the college sector has been laid bare, as he would sooner point to concealed bugs attempting to thwart his plans than accept Mr Ramsay’s explanation and apology.”