THE principal of Dundee University has been suspended for allegedly not paying rent on accommodation.

Professor Andrew Atherton took up the £300,000 role on January 1 after moving from Lancaster University. He also received a £40,000 “disruption allowance” to help with the move.

Atherton was suspended in September for allegedly not paying rent on accommodation which the university provided to him. An independent investigation has been launched.

A Dundee University spokesman said: “Professor Atherton, principal and vice-chancellor, was suspended from office on September 13, pending an investigation which remains to be completed. That process includes an investigation carried out by someone external to the university.

Atherton’s remuneration package includes a £254,000 salary and pension contributions.