University refuse to comment on Arts Centre changes, but no truth in Vice-Chancellor move rumour

The Vice-Chancellor is not leaving Aberystwyth.

The Vice-Chancellor is not leaving Aberystwyth.

THERE is no truth in rumours that Aberystwyth University Vice-Chancellor April McMahon is to leave the University, a spokesperson has confirmed.

However, the University continues to refuse to comment on a suggestion that two members of staff who work at the Arts Centre have been suspended on full pay.

Following reports in the local press that two senior staff members have been suspended, a Facebook page entitled “Save Aberystwyth Arts Centre” has attracted over a thousand likes in just a week.

Since launching on March 22nd, the page has been inundated with comments from members of the public suggesting that rumoured upcoming changes could see the services reduced and access for the public restricted.

However, on Sunday, Vice-Chancellor April McMahon made the unusual step of sending a special email to staff and students in which she denied that there were plans to close the Centre, or “radically change its use to alienate or exclude any member of the community”.

A new Strategic Plan for the Centre has been approved and will be published in April, around the date of the venue’s fortieth anniversary.

In response to suggestions that changes might see an end to popular local events such as Blackhouse, Swing City and Skafari, a spokesperson said that they “don’t foresee any significant changes to the nature of performances/events being staged at the Arts Centre”.

They added: “All scheduled performances to date have gone ahead as planned.”

No truth in Vice-Chancellor move rumour

Over the past few days, the University’s Facebook wall has been flooded with posts suggesting McMahon might be about to leave Aberystwyth to take the top job at Edinburgh Napier University.

But an Aberystwyth University spokesperson denied this suggestion, and an Edinburgh Napier University spokesperson confirmed that Prof McMahon is not moving to Scotland.

He pointed out that Napier have recently appointed a new Principal, Professor Andrea Nolan, who will take up her post on July 1. He added: “She joins us from the University of Glasgow where she is currently Senior Vice-Principal & Deputy Vice Chancellor.”