It was an account entry for £601,000 which set alarm bells ringing.
The money, which was being handed to outgoing Aberdeen University principal Sir Ian Diamond, was detailed in its financial statements for 2017/18.
The publication of the accounts in 2018 eventually led to an inquiry, and now a “damning” 20-page report which finally confirmed on Tuesday that the ancient institution had, among other issues, been unnecessarily paying to have two principals for a year.
We have seen no evidence that the value for money consequences of that arrangement were assessed.”
The cash paid to Sir Ian, according to the accounts, comprised £282,000 in salary payments, a further £282,000 for working his notice, another £7,000 in expenses, and £30,000 in pension contributions.