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British Academy submits ‘serious incident report’ to watchdog

Trustees at the British Academy have submitted a serious incident report to the Charity Commission following allegations of breaches of the academy’s harassment and bullying policy, the watchdog has confirmed.

The news comes after the academy announced on 9 April that its chief executive Alun Evans had resigned with immediate effect following the allegations, which have not been made public. In a statement published on its website, the academy said an independent investigation, commissioned by its trustees following allegations of breaches of harassment and bullying policies, had now reported its findings. These conclusions will now be considered by the trustees, it said.

The Charity Commission confirmed in a statement on 12 April that trustees at the academy had submitted an incident report to the regulator. The commission said: “We are aware of concerns relating to bullying and harassment at the British Academy. The trustees have submitted a serious incident report to the commission, in line with our guidance, and we will be following up with the charity for further information.”

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