Professor who took on cheats forced to flee university

When Professor John Warren left Wales to take up his new academic role two years ago in Papua New Guinea he believed he had found the job of his dreams. The exotic country, nestling in the south-western Pacific Ocean just north of Australia, seemed the idyllic location. But, as the new vice-chancellor of the country’s University of Natural Resources and Environment, he discovered the perils of trying to rid the institution of cheating, writes Camilla Turner for The Telegraph.

And it culminated in him being threatened with jail by a colleague and being told to “get out of there” before fleeing under cover of the night to fly to Australia. Warren resigned from his post at Aberystwyth University two years ago to fly to his new post halfway on the other side of the globe. But his attempts to crack down on cheating, improve academic standards and appoint staff based on merit rather than tribal allegiances ruffled the feathers of university staff who took umbrage at his reforms.

Warren resigned before his wife – a former head of science at a Welsh secondary school – smuggled him off the university campus after nightfall. The University of Natural Resources and Environment could not be reached for comment.
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