ICAEW critic caught up in 'dodgy' university row

by Kevin Reed

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08 Jan 2008

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A well-known ICAEW critic has become embroiled in a row over a university that he admits is ‘dodgy’, but he says he is working to help sort out the problems at the body.

Jeff Wooller, known for his attacks on the institute, faced questions this week about his role with the Irish International University, where he is honorary chancellor, after he told a BBC undercover team: ‘Of course it’s dodgy.’

Wooller told Accountancy Age that he had warned the Irish International University of its governance failings.

Wooller, who is known as Baron Knowth under a title he bought, said that he had urged the institution to create a qualification accreditation body separate from the university.

The university claimed it had a Dublin campus, which the BBC alleged does not exist, and that its qualifications were accredited by the Quality Assurance Commission – but the body is owned by the IIU's boss.

‘By being with them, I thought I could improve things,’ said Wooller. ‘I said I would resign unless [they] made the changes, which they did.’

He added that thousands of people were happy with their degrees and that he was not involved in the UK operation, ‘where there are half a dozen people not happy’.

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