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University credit card used to pay £2,000 for night at strip club

A university credit card has been used to pay a £2,184 bill for a night out attended by staff at a strip club.

Northumbria University in Newcastle was called out in an investigation after splashing out at lap-dance club Spearmint Rhino.

Northumbria Students’ Union president Simon Noble slammed the university for ‘serious breach of ethical behaviour’ and has demanded an apology.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Andy Paradise/REX/Shutterstock (453955b) 'Spearmint Rhino' on Tottenham Court Road, London, Britain - 28 APR 2004 VARIOUS

Staff at Northumbria University enjoyed a ‘corporate event’ at Spearmint Rhino strip club (Picture: Andy Paradise/REX/Shutterstock)

He told ChronicleLive: ‘Over the years Northumbria University has had some fantastic members of staff who have used their position to fight lad culture on campus, as well as fighting for gender equality in academia through their work with Athena Swan.

‘It is a shame that this behaviour undermines that work and as your President of the Students’ Union I have met with senior members of the University to put forward our concerns.

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‘Every student should feel comfortable challenging misogyny on and off campus, and we expect our university to live up to the standards it has itself set out for its staff and students.’

Mr Nobel said he ‘accepts no money from student fees was misspent.’

Northumbria University said the strip club payment was ‘reimbursed promptly’.

A spokesperson said in a statement: ‘The payment made on a university credit card was reimbursed promptly and in full and that is the basis on which the transaction was authorised.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Steve Black/REX/Shutterstock (4514952i) Northumbria University Newcastle Newcastle, Britain - Mar 2015

Northumbria University said the payment was ‘reimbursed promptly’ (Picture: Rex Features)

‘This payment was made at a reception following a corporate event at which Northumbria staff were invited guests.

‘University credit cards are used for payment of authorised business expenditure only, in line with the university expenses policy.’

The findings were part of an investigation by The Sun, which revealed that staff at 54 universities across the country have spent £204million on tax funded credit cards in two years.

University of Nottingham had the highest spending on its credit cards, where staff spent £19.8million, including a £142 on purchases from a sex toy shop.

A spokesperson said: ‘We use cards in our global operation which delivers £1billion to the economy each year.’

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University of Nottingham had the highest spending on its credit cards (Picture: Photofusion/REX/Shutterstock)

It was revealed that Durham University spent £2,614 at Caesar’s Palace casino during a trip to Las Vegas. The university in north east England spent a total of £17million.

Staff at City University was found to have splashed out £23,790 in just two pubs.

University of Liverpool spent a total of £18million, including £22,000 on Domino’s pizza. Cardiff University spent £3,497 at the same pizza chain.

The investigation also found that a member of staff at Queen Mary University in London used the credit card to pay a litter fine.

The 54 institutions who responded to the Sun’s Freedom of Information request got £1.2billion from the public in 2017/2018.

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