A DUNDEE University student has been expelled after posting footage of a corpse being dissected on social media.

The watchdog responsible for policing the use of dead bodies launched an investigation into the incident after it was reported.

The university has not commented on whether the police or the family of the person involved have been informed.

Medical, dental and science students at the University of Dundee are able to use donated bodies in order to practice surgery.

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Cadavers are also used to help train healthcare professionals and in scientific studies to help improve the understanding of health and disease.

However, images cannot be taken or broadcast unless donors explicitly give permission for this.

His Majesty’s Inspector of Anatomy for Scotland (HMIAS) probed the “serious incident” last year, but only made a small reference to it in its annual report.

Looking back, it said: “There was only one serious incident requiring my intervention.

“An investigation into the incident was carried out by me and the university in question and appropriate action taken.”

A Scottish Government spokesperson said that public confidence in the body donor programme was “essential” for proper research.

They said: “All of Scotland’s anatomy schools have strict rules that those who have selflessly donated their bodies are treated with dignity and the utmost respect.

“The University of Dundee took appropriate action as soon as staff were made aware of the incident.”

A spokesman for the University of Dundee said that they take “all matters of compliance with the relevant legislation and our public duty as custodian of such donations with the utmost seriousness”.

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They added: “We are humbled and grateful when a person chooses to donate their body to support medical training and research.

“The conduct of this student in this instance was not in keeping with the values that we teach or expect from our students.

“We work closely with HMIAS and will take decisive disciplinary action against any student that does not meet our expectations, including termination of studies.”