Justice for Jenny?: All Eyes on the University of Bolton for Appeal Outcome

The University of Bolton has the opportunity to overturn its controversial decision to dismiss Jenny Markey when an appeal hearing is held on Wednesday.

Jenny was employed as an academic administrator in the health and community studies department until being summarily dismissed last month.

Jenny’s dismissal followed the sacking of her husband Damien – a senior lecturer at the University and an activist in the UCU union. Damien’s appeal hearing takes place on Tuesday.

Both Jenny and Damien were dismissed over allegations that they had brought the University into disrepute after details of the financial affairs of vice-chancellor George Holmes appeared in the media. The dismissals were highly unusual in that the University did not follow normal procedure – the dismissals were sudden and did not follow a proper investigation.

The Markeys’ treatment has led to a campaign for their reinstatement that has been well-supported by university staff, students and the public. An online petition has attracted over 3,000 signatures.

Jenny Markey is a UNISON member and the union will be representing her at the appeal hearing. UNISON North West Regional Manager Steve Stott said:

“All eyes will be on the University this week to see if common sense prevails at the appeal hearing. Jenny and Damien have been very harshly treated by the University and it is rare for a high-profile employer to behave so badly. UNISON will be supporting Jenny through the appeal process and beyond if necessary in pursuit of a fair outcome.”