Boyle down part two

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Has Hilary been blinded by the light of Paul Boyle?

Edwin Phillips listens again as irrepressible Pro Vice-Chancellor, Hilary Lappin-Scott (HL-S), tells a colleague (C), more about her excitement at the appointment at scandal-hit Swansea University of new Vice-Chancellor (VC) Paul Boyle after the recent high-profile suspension of the man in charge, and the shock withdrawal of his potential replacement.

The disturbing news of Alison Jones’ pulling-out rocked the university during a dirty tricks campaign which appeared to back Professor Lappin-Scott and was revealed exclusively by The Eye.

One of Hilary Lappin-Scott’s tweets which have enraged her staff

She has enraged staff with messages from glamorous parts of the world and mundane tweets going into work at her institution where a convicted fraudster exposed by us was employed on a contract, and which hit the headlines over previous people at the top of its contentious management school.

C: (Still looking at the University and College Union {UCU} University of Leicester newsletter about Paul Boylehave you given more thought as to why Professor Boyle decided to come to Swansea?

HL-S: (Not concentrating) no, I have been thinking about women.


What did you say?


HL-S: (Primly) Yes, I have and more than likely, he’s heard about me too, and wanted to come here to work with me

C: (Looking skywards) are you really so naive to believe that?!

On second thoughts, don’t answer that.

Here is a bit of background information for you:

Andrew Rhodes – ‘modest’

One – before his appointment as Registrar and Chief Operating Office at Swansea University in 2018, Andrew Rhodes worked at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

According to his own Wiki page, he was Head of Profession alongside being Director-General, Operations and modestly mentions he had “… a remit larger than many Government Departments and the monetary equivalent of the 47th largest economy in the world”.

So presumably he was more than a tea-boy.

David Willetts – a big chair for a man in a big position

Two – since 2018, David Willetts has been Chancellor of the University of Leicester (where Professor Boyle was VC).

Before that, Willetts was Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary at the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP)  and Minister of State for Universities and Science.   

You can draw your own conclusions.

Richard Davies threw in his hat

The Vice-Chancellorship at Swansea happily became available when the esteemed Richard Davies announced his retirement (amidst a few other trivial complications like being suspended) and some person from an Australian university decided she didn’t want the job.

Coincidentally it seems in darkest Leicester, Professor Boyle re-discovered his love for the sea and especially the Gower Coast.

No need to look so gloomy after the appointment Sir Roger

But I am sure that Sir Roger Jones, Chair of the Council of Swansea University (and his colleagues on the council) would have asked very, very searching questions and done full, thorough due diligence work on past possible relationships between Willetts, Boyle, and Rhodes before announcing  that he was “… confident that under his (Boyle’s) leadership, Swansea University will build on its current strong position … “ etc. etc

Everybody is happy: Willetts is happy, Boyle is happy, Rhodes is happy.

‘A match made in heaven for Swansea University?’

And the result for Swansea University: a match made in hell.

HL-S: (Looking disconcerted) um, that is all a bit complicated for me

C:  (Sighing) Do I have to spell it out for you?

Don’t you worry your little head, dear – you just stick with whatever you do on inclusivity, diversity, equality, and self-promotion.

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My advice is to keep that head down or, better still (mischievously), resign and move to Leicester.

It looks as though it is going to get pretty stormy.

Tomorrow – more alarming revelations about a jailed fraudster exposed exclusively by The Eye and employed on a contract at Swansea University. 

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