Findings of internal investigation welcomed

23 February 2012

An internal investigation into a range of commercial and operational activities at Aberystwyth University has concluded that there was no evidence of fraud or corruption in relation to the issues investigated, though there were failures to follow due process.

The findings of the Aberystwyth University Investigation Report were presented to members of the University’s staff on Wednesday 22 February by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor April McMahon.

Addressing members of staff, Professor McMahon said:
“I instigated this investigation as I considered that there were a number of areas within the University which required improvement. This exercise is now complete and the Aberystwyth University Investigation Report details the areas which the University needs to address. I am pleased that no evidence of fraud or corruption has been uncovered in relation to the issues investigated.

“In accepting the findings of the investigation, we are now able to identify what needs to be done and I ask all colleagues now to focus on seeking positive solutions.”

“Some changes have already been implemented; colleagues will note the on-going changes to the committee structure and increased transparency in our reporting practices. I am confident that, together, we can build on our strong foundations and continue to develop Aberystwyth University and our world class teaching, research and student experience.”

Professor McMahon added: “I would like to pay particular tribute to all the staff who have given their time and assistance in supporting the investigation team.  It has become very apparent since the start of this investigation in October 2011, that staff and students hold the University in great affection and that there is a clear and genuine wish for the University to continue to succeed.”

The report makes a number of recommendations which have now been drawn together in a high level action plan.

The University announced on the 3rd of October 2011 that the investigation was underway into a number of commercial and/or operational activities that had been brought to light as a result of an internal University estates review. The investigation was assisted by Deloitte LLP’s forensic accountancy practice and law firm Eversheds LLP.