Job de­scrip­tion row

The Galloway News - - INTIMATION­S -

A prom­i­nent Gal­loway writer and poet shunned for a top Scots lan­guage post has launched a scathing at­tack on the se­lec­tion process.

Stu­art Paterson, above, ap­plied for the two-year Scriever res­i­dency at the Na­tional Li­brary of Scot­land (NLS).

But he and other high-pro­file ap­pli­cants, in­clud­ing Ayr­shire poet Rab Wil­son, failed to get in­ter­views.

The orig­i­nal job ad­vert stip­u­lated a “track record in the pro­mo­tion/and or de­vel­op­ment of Scots” as one of the five as­sess­ment cri­te­ria,

But ac­cord­ing to Kirk­bean-based Mr Paterson, that re­quire­ment was re­placed with “fa­mil­iar­ity with dig­i­tal me­dia” af­ter the dead­line for ap­pli­ca­tions had passed.

Both NLS and post co-fun­ders Creative Scot­land in­sisted the process had been fair.

Mr Paterson told the News: “It’s ridicu­lous. We have been as­sessed on cri­te­ria that have been changed.

“If they had just stuck to the orig­i­nal cri­te­ria and told me I had not demon­strated enough com­pe­tence, then fair enough.

“This has noth­ing to do with sour grapes. I’m just shocked and dis­ap­pointed to be treated so un­fairly in this.”

He added: “I get fund­ing from Creative Scot­land for my work with the Scot­tish Book Trust. So I can’t be ac­cused of never bit­ing the hand that feeds you.”

An NLS spokesper­son said: “We re­ceived a very strong field of ap­pli­cants for the Scriever po­si­tion and all were as­sessed on the same cri­te­ria.”

A Creative Scot­land spokesper­son said: “Can­di­dates were re­viewed in terms of suit­abil­ity for the role and all ap­pli­ca­tions were as­sessed and scored against cri­te­ria as out­lined in the job spec. We re­alise that un­suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants will be dis­ap­pointed but are con­fi­dent that we have se­lected the strong­est can­di­date for the role.”

Glas­gow-based au­thor and Scots Lan­guage Cen­tre so­cial me­dia man­ager Dr Michael Demp­ster was named as the Scriever.

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