A VICTIM of an academic who sexually assaulted students has been left disappointed by an independent report into the affair.

Fraser Blevins, a survivor of Kevin O’Gorman’s decade-long reign of terror, says Strathclyde University bosses have been let off the hook by the investigation.

The institution published its report on Professor O’Gorman, a staff member between 2005 and 2012, on Monday, making a raft of recommendations which principal Sir Jim McDonald pledged would be implemented by the end of the academic year. 

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However, Mr Blevins, one of Prof O’Gorman’s seven victims between 2006 and 2017 at Strathclyde and Heriot-Watt universities, said: “I guessed Strathclyde University would let us down it still feels terrible to have it confirmed.”

Glasgow Times: O'Gorman taught at Strathclyde University between 2005 and 2011 O'Gorman taught at Strathclyde University between 2005 and 2011

Strathclyde had known of allegations against O’Gorman, of Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire, but a senior staff member – who was unaware at the time – gave him a reference when he left the university in 2012. 

Kim Leslie, abuse lawyer at Digby Brown Solicitors, who represents several survivors attacked by O’Gorman, added: “We acknowledge the report’s findings but despite it’s apparent thoroughness there are aspects about the process that have understandably caused upset among those affected.”

In a statement released shortly after the publication of the report, Prof McDonald said: “The entire university community was deeply upset and appalled at what emerged at the trial. Our thoughts remain with his victims and we regret deeply that they suffered as a result of O’Gorman’s unacceptable behaviour.

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“Sexual misconduct has no place in higher education, and the health, safety and wellbeing of our University community is our first priority.

“Throughout my time as principal, I have sought to ensure that we strive to make the university ever-safer for our staff, students and visitors. This independent report is an important part of this on-going process and I am confident that not only Strathclyde, but our sector at large, will benefit from the inquiry.”

The Glasgow Times has contacted Strathclyde University for comment on the latest developments.