Many will have been relieved at the departure this summer of Queasy McQuillan, but also a little surprised at the abruptness. The brief note on the staff website disappeared soon after it announced McQuillan’s leaving for “personal reasons”, a phrase often used euphemistically, especially in political spheres. One comment below this blog’s post on the matter alleges financial irregularities. This surprised even Dissenter: the SMT is well known for its contempt for the staff and incompetent management but fingers in the till …? However, investigations by this blog suggest the allegation stands up. McQuillan was up to financial no good, embezzling research funds, according to commenter ‘Jack Dawson’. No wonder he was so keen on raising research income as he cracked his whip over the wretched staff.
Damn good riddance we all think. From the management’s point of view such behaviour by a senior manager looks very bad for Kingston University, which is why, no doubt, it has been hushed up. To protect KU’s reputation (such as it is) a dishonest manager has got away with it.
So one more bad egg goes, leaving how many? Well, Tuninga, scourge of Business, is still here. One just hopes the rest of the SMT are learning from the mistakes of recent years and starting to behave more like senior managers. With imminent redundancies during the next crumbling step in Plan2020, and the introduction of some really bad software (more of which later), that looks unlikely at present.