Dean of Oxford college steps aside in long-running dispute | Education

The head of a prestigious Oxford college has stepped aside in the latest twist in a long-running battle over his position.

The Very Rev Martyn Percy, the dean of Christ Church, voluntarily withdrew from all his duties after a new, unspecified complaint was made against him. It is understood not to be related to earlier complaints.

His allies said Percy, who is head of both the college and the cathedral, had stepped aside because of “intolerable pressure” over more than two years.

One said: “Martyn and the college have agreed not to comment on the present situation. Martyn has not resigned and is confident that he will return to his duties in the new year.”

Percy was suspended as dean in 2018 after he was accused of behaviour of an “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful nature” – the wording of the college’s statutes under which a dean can be removed.


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