Tony Antoniou, the former dean of Durham Business School in the UK who was suspended for plagiarism, has suffered the further indignity of being stripped of his DPhil degree by the University of York.

While both universities are playing their cards very close to their chests, a statement from Durham University confirmed that Prof Antoniou remains suspended following “an independent investigation at Durham in which an allegation of plagiarism relating to a research article written by Professor Antoniou before he joined Durham University, was upheld.”

The statement went on to say: “The confirmation from the University of York of the withdrawal of Professor Antoniou’s DPhil degree will be considered as part of Durham University’s disciplinary procedure.” The DPhil degree was awarded to Prof Antoniou 20 years ago, in 1987.

Prof Antoniou joined Durham in 1998 as professor of finance and was chairman of the department of economics and finance. He became dean of the business school in January 2002 when the department of economics and the business school were merged. He stepped down as dean of Durham Business School on September 5.

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