Heriot-Watt University dismisses professor over sexual assault claims | UK news

A Scottish university has dismissed one of its professors over allegations he carried out sexual and physical assaults over a 12-year period.

Police Scotland is investigating claims about Kevin O’Gorman’s conduct in Glasgow and Edinburgh since 2005 after Heriot-Watt University received a number of complaints from staff about the former management and business history academic.

The institution carried out its own internal investigation before dismissing him and referring the matter to police.

A Heriot-Watt University spokesperson said: “We can confirm that following formal complaints made by staff, the university has carried out an internal investigation. This has resulted in a member of university staff being dismissed by the university.

“The matter has been referred to the police and the university is cooperating fully with the police investigation.

“The university has acted promptly to respond to the complaints and has offered support to all those involved.

“The welfare of our students and staff is of paramount importance to us, and independent counselling and advice has been made available.”

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Police Scotland is currently investigating reports of physical and sexual assaults that took place in Glasgow and Edinburgh over the last 12 years.

“Inquiries are ongoing. All reports of abuse are treated with the utmost seriousness and investigated robustly.”