THE head of one of Oxford University’s largest colleges is facing a tribunal.

The Very Rev Professor Martyn Percy, The Dean of Christ Church, has been accused of ‘conduct of an immoral, scandalous, or disgraceful nature, incompatible with the duties of the office or employment’.

The 45th Dean presides over both the college and the cathedral, as well as the choir school, with its world-class cathedral choir.

It is understood the Dean has been on sick leave and is returning to work this week to face the tribunal, which is thought to relate to pay at the college, rather than a matter affecting the cathedral.

Last year the 56-year-old said the Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev Philip North, was right to withdraw his nomination to be the next Bishop of Sheffield, following protests over his views on women clergy.

The Dean earlier urged the Rt Rev North to renounce his membership of The Society, an organisation opposing female priests.

A spokesman for Christ Church said: ‘The Governing Body and Chapter of Christ Church have agreed to set up an internal tribunal with an independent chair in accordance with the college’s statutes.

“The tribunal will review a formal complaint made against the Dean.

“It would not be appropriate to comment further at this time.”

The Rev Dr Percy is married to the theologian the Rev Canon Dr Emma Percy, Chaplain and Fellow of Trinity College. The Dean has not commented.