University of Edinburgh under police investigation for “financial irregularities”

The University of Edinburgh has become the subject of a Police Scotland investigation, after financial irregularities were found in a support department through a whistleblower.

Police Scotland have commenced an investigation into the matter following the university’s communication of the potential irregularities to the police.

A spokesperson for Police Scotland confirmed that they had received “a complaint regarding concerns over the management of finances at Edinburgh University by a former employee”.

The University of Edinburgh assured that they will cooperate with the police in every way possible to complete the investigation successfully, and will also carry out its own internal inquiry.

A spokesperson for the University said: “The University of Edinburgh alerted the police to an issue relating to potential financial irregularities within a support department.

“This is now the subject of an internal inquiry at the University and a Police Scotland investigation.

“The university will be assisting the police in every way possible with their inquiries.”

Contacted by The Student, a spokesman for Police Scotland acknowledged that the investigation was underway but declined to provide details on its scope or timeline, citing confidentiality.

The University had not responded to queries from The Student at time of press.  But in an earlier statement, a spokesperson said “it would not be appropriate to comment further at this time”.

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