Oxford dean accused of trying to remove tutors from salary committee after

He reportedly took umbrage with the head of the salaries committee’s long tenure and questioned whether this was appropriate under governance guidelines for charities.The row between the dean and members of the College’s governing body escalated, with both sides exchanging legal letters. This culminated the Dr Percy being relieved from his duties, pending a tribunal which will be conducted later this year by a retired High Court judge.“The data is clear – he was low paid by head of house standards or well paid by clerical standards,” a source told The Daily Telegraph. “You can see how it’s all got very bitter. £90,000 does look low – but it’s more than the Arch bishop of Canterbury.”His current salary of £90,000 makes him one of the best paid clergymen in the country, but it is lower than the heads of some other Oxford colleges. Writing to alumni January, Prof Richard Rutherford, Christ Church’s “Censor Theologiae”, or acting chair of the governing body, said: “It is worth stressing that the current dispute does not concern safeguarding. Neither does it concern supposed gender bias in the College, or a lack of commitment to access initiatives, or the pay of academic staff. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “We are not able to discuss the detailed basis of the complaint except to say that it related to issues surrounding the Dean’s own pay and how it is set.”In a nod to the fallout from alumni over the College’s handling of the debacle, Prof Rutherford added that anyone who had “generously supported” Christ Church through donations “should be reassured” that no money raised will be spent on legal fees.A spokesman for Church Church said they have nothing further to add. Dr Percy declined to comment.   An Oxford dean is accused of trying to remove tutors from the salary committee after his demand to increase his £90,000 salary was refused. The Very Rev Professor Martyn Percy, who presides over both Christ Church College and Cathedral, was suspended last November – a move with led to an outcry from alumni who felt he had been treated unfairly.The College, which was founded by Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, said he had committed “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful” conduct, prompting speculation about the nature of his alleged offences.Under pressure to clarify the nature of the allegations, the College later wrote to thousands of alumni to clarify that Dr Percy’s suspension related to a dispute over pay.Under Christ Church’s statutes, the dean can only be removed from office under specific circumstances. These include being convicted of an offence that renders the dean unfit for office, conduct that constitutes persistent failure or neglect of duties, physical or mental incapacity — or behaviour of an “immoral, scandalous or disgraceful nature”.Now it has been claimed that Dr Percy, the first dean to be democratically elected in the College’s 494 year history, attempted to have members of the College’s salaries committee removed from their post when his request for a pay rise was blocked. read more