An investigation has been launched after footage emerged of a scuffle involving a senior member of staff at an Aberdeen university and protesting students.
Students occupying the Regent Walk administration building at the University of Aberdeen released the video, which appears to show the director of estates and facilities Angus Donaldson charging head first into a the group.
The university said staff were “overpowered” and called the incident a “serious concern”.
One student featured in the video, but asked not to be named, said: “All that morning we had been chatting to security and it had been fine and perfectly cordial.
“The head of estates forced his way through a double door at the other side of the building, threw a chair to the side and scrummed head first into the students.”
The demontrators have been occupying in solidarity with striking lecturers after a row broke out over pensions.
A statement made by members of the occupation claims that Mr Donaldson is “ultimately responsible for any inappropriate conduct”.
A University of Aberdeen spokesman said that its security staff were “subjected to a pre-meditated, sustained attempt” by new protestors to “forcibly gain entry to the building”.
He added: “During this incident staff were overpowered and a member of security staff was injured when he was knocked to the ground and trampled on. The incident is of serious concern to us and we have launched a full investigation into the behaviours of everyone who was involved.”
University rector Maggie Chapman said she is “very concerned” about the behaviour of Mr Donaldson. She added: “Angus Donaldson, the director of estates and facilities, appears to think he is on the rugby pitch, and is trying to clear students off an imaginary ball. This might be acceptable in a rugby game, but it is certainly not an acceptable way to treat students.”