Exeter University vows action in wake of staff survey
University of Exeter's success in climbing league tables may have come at the expense of staff, who have complained of stress and bullying, according to an internal report.
The university, named in the top 10 of several recent "good university" guides, is considered one of the UK's leading institutions, and recently accepted an invitation to join the prestigious Russell Group.
But an internal report, based on 288 responses from the university's 3,900 staff, found "some alarming reports of bullying, manipulative and unpleasant behaviour" by some senior managers.
Staff also said the university had "a self-perpetuating male-dominated culture" with policies such as maternity leave not taken seriously.
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In a statement, the university said Council, the university's governing body, had accepted vice-chancellor Sir Steve Smith's responses to the report's recommendations.
"We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this report," it said. "The recommendations will now be carried forward and the senior management team will be tasked to ensure that we make real improvements in the areas identified."