Lefty Lunacy: Profligate Prof has yacht got a clue

The vice-chancellor of one of the worst universities in the country is complaining because his £222,000 salary is ‘not enough’.

Professor George Holmes, a former Labour adviser and vice-chancellor of Bolton University (yes, they have actually had one since 2004), has said university chiefs should be paid more or they would leave the country.

Even though Bolton University has one of the lowest graduate employment rates in the country and is ranked 125th out of 129 in the Complete University Guide, it charges the full £9,000 fee and pays its vice-chancellor so handsomely that he can drive a Rolls Royce, sail a 30 ft yacht and buy a nice house with £960,000 loaned to him by the university.

This profligate Prof should lose a pound of his salary for each day his ‘university’ continues to be terrible.


The Conservative Woman

  • JabbaPapa

    ooooh the poor sweet diddums

    Good jolly old kaviar kommies, eh ?

  • paul parmenter

    “This profligate Prof should lose a pound of his salary for each day his ‘university’ continues to be terrible.”

    That only loses him £365 a year. I suggest at least £100 a day. Better still, sack him and get somebody more competent and dedicated in his place.

  • martianonlooker

    There is only one solution: student fees must double so that this vice chancellor can be retained. Without him who knows what might happen, Bolton might plummet to 129th place in the tables.
    I am sure the graduates of such an illustrious university wont mind the increased fees. It would only represent a sixty year payback period from their minimum wage burger flipping jobs.
    Maitliss should be dispatched by the BBC to interview him asap.

  • MorganCourtenay

    Fire him and find someone more competent.

  • Bik Byro

    Before people get carried away with the politics of envy, £200k jobs are very common in the private sector for people in positions of managing large institutions.

    Contrary to what is suggested by the article, the Rolls Royce and the yacht were bought from an inheritance from his father, so anybody that opposes that opposes people being able to leave capital for their children when they die.

    If students think that £9k a year to go to the 125th best university in country is poor value for money, then they should simply not apply there and the laws of the free market will prevail.

    • martianonlooker

      ” £200k jobs are very common in the private sector for people in positions of managing large institutions”.
      True, but the question is where does Bolton get its money from? A large dollop from research? A large dollop from student fees, paid ultimately by the taxpayer if it “has one of the lowest graduate employment rates in the country”? A large dollop from their illustrious alumni? Or, large dollops from taxpayers’ grants?

      • Bik Byro

        Yes, university funding in England (I was going to say Britain, but that’s another can of worms) is almost unique in the world that it’s neither really public nor private, falls between two stools and tries to get the best of both worlds (Bolton University spends money to sponsor Bolton Wanderers!). I was surprised to find that only about a quarter of the funding comes from central government, but – as you rightly point out – if you factor in the un-repaid student loans then it could get theoretically as high as 70%

        That being said, this example is a very good reason why we shouldn’t let Jeremy Corbyn in to wipe out student debt, and would make a nice eye opener to all the young students chanting “Jeremy Corbyn”

    • PierrePendre

      Be thankful that our socialists include so many sybarites and hypocrites. It’s the best guarantee we have that they’ll never lead a real revolution.

      • Bik Byro

        I’ve never thought of it like that before, but there’s some truth in that – maybe it is a small price to pay after all.

    • £200K is reasonable for managing a large private organisation. But they have to justify this with results and in business, profits. In the public sector, there are n targets, and if anything goes wrong the appropriate minister is to blame. Like the NHS computer hacking, the minister was obviously to blame for not having paid them more money.

      • Bik Byro

        I’m not so sure the minister was to blame for not giving the NHS the money; let’s look and see how much of that money given to the NHS went on paying “heads of diversity” rather than on computer security.

        • Exactly. The Chief Executive of a company is given a budget by the board and shareholders and has to manage, setting priorities and cutting less important things. The Chief Executive gets fired if things go wrong, no blaming the board or shareholders.

    • timbazo

      Calling Bolton University part of the ‘private sector’ is disingenuous. It is heavily dependent on government funding. If graduates had to repay their student loans out of their postgraduate unemployment pay, I suspect the applications would fall precipitously.

    • Johannes Factotum

      It’s not envy, it’s disgust. As for the students, I’d like to know more about them, the funding, the demographic, and so on, because ‘Denmark’ and ‘rotten’ spring to mind.

  • Davidsb

    Professor George Holmes, a former Labour adviser and vice-chancellor of Bolton University (yes, they have actually had one since 2004), has said university chiefs should be paid more or they would leave the country.

    This is a theory which needs to be tested as soon as possible – I would suggest an immediate 25% pay cut for all university chancellors/vice-chancellors. Then stand well back, so as to avoid being knocked down in the frantic rush for the border…..


    • Indeed they can go to Canada and join all our Democratic friends who left after Trump was elected. What’s that? Oh, that’s right, none of them left. Too bad, it would be a better country (in both cases) if they did.

  • Daniel

    This is same ridiculous argument trotted out by the bankers, ‘We are worth x amount of money if we do not get it we shall leave and then what shall you do?’ Well, I would suggest that were they to leave we would be a lot better off. These people are clearly useless at their respective jobs and yet suggest their leaving to some mythical world where they are granted all their wishes would be in some way a disaster for us. If all the banks, ‘charities’, universities, and public sector bodies turned over to sixth-formers they would be run better than they are under these clowns, and a lot cheaper too.

    • Harley Quin

      These University bosses seem to be, not just useless, but an active menace to education.

      Just as useless and dangerous as the Bankers, in fact.

  • Little Black Censored

    Let him leave the country and see how well he gets on.

  • Just like all the overpaid staff on the BBC. If they don’t like it, leave and go elsewhere, there are plenty who could do their jobs and in many cases would be happy with half the pay. But so far, not one of the ‘underpaid’ BBC women has chosen to do so and nor will this man.
    Incidentally, what subject is his speciality as a Professor? Ex-Labour advisor, so presumably a Professor of Spin, (using a Fidget Spinner) unless anyone knows better!

    • Andy

      More like a ‘Professor of Troughing’.

  • Universities these days are an utter joke.

    Cesspits like Bolton University being allowed to exist make a complete mockery of the higher education system – it’s about time we privatised it and let universities sink or swim by themselves.

    • martianonlooker

      Well said.

  • David

    You have to feel sorry for him with only a little 30 foot yacht – dear me, times are hard.

    • Andy

      I don’t know how he dares call it a Yacht. Now the ‘Christina’, that was a Yacht !
      He merely has a dingy.

    • Johannes Factotum

      I think at 30 feet, it’s a boat.

  • Owen_Morgan

    Meanwhile, formerly serious and respected universities are dismissing academic staff of long standing, in both senses of the word, and even threatening entire departments and faculties with closure. Part of the problem is splurging on non-subjects, such as “climate science” and “gender studies”, but the main drain is the incredible expansion of university bureaucracy.

    Universities today are phenomenally bureaucratic, but, while they pile pointless paperwork on to actual teaching staff, they simultaneously recruit actual bureaucrats, at vast expense. Since the bureaucrats are supposedly doing all the important stuff, while the lecturers just write books and papers and do that teaching thing, the bureaucrats consider themselves to be the important business of a university and reward themselves commensurately.

    Ultimately, that won’t actually leave anything to pay for academics, but – what the heck – there’s always Wikipedia, isn’t there?

    • Only thing I’ll say in their defence (although I’m sure there are some other valid points) is that a whole lot of that useless paperwork in mandated by equally useless drones in government.

      This particular fool deserves all the abuse one can pile on his pointy head.

  • Dominic Stockford

    Leave then, and make us all happy.

  • 3aple

    Its the new norm. Day after day we read of utterly bonkers decisions by judges, yet they’re complaining that they aren’t paid enough, and aren’t sufficiently respected by we plebs.


  • Groan

    While the Educational establishment is already in outrage mode over Brexit one might as well allow them to ramp it up a bit by tackling the anti competitive practices that see students ripped off by universities simply charging as much as the maximum loan whatever the offer is. The whole thing stinks and should be tackled. If even the Beeb reckons something’s up with their mates in the Blob there must be something really rotten here.

  • Johannes Factotum

    Why is that that the people who value their worth so highly and demand ‘More, please, sir’ are socialist/Labour types? The BBC is another example. Isn’t there some sort of ideological conflict in that?