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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

"... Professor Holmes will then return......"



Professor Scott Holmes was Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) at the University of Newcastle.

On March 22nd, 2013 the Newcastle Herald reported 



"Pro vice-chancellor of research and the founding chief executive of Gradschool.com Scott Holmes announced this week   he was leaving the position to take 12 months’ study leave. A Newcastle Herald columnist, Professor Holmes will then return to the faculty of business and law as a professor of public policy."

After almost a year on "study leave" Scott Holmes has a new position at the University of Western Sydney.

What happened to 

"Professor Holmes will then return to the faculty of business and law as a professor of public policy."

Did the University of Newcastle give him leave in the HOPE that he would find another position?
Did he want the leave so that he could be paid a good salary whilst looking for a new job?
What happens to the position of Professor of Public Policy?
Has he breached his contract by not returning to this position?
Does the University of Western Sydney know about this?

1 comment:

  1. I agree with observation that the University system, especially UoN is not much more than a giant teaching college with no real aspersions to higher learning. Most decent staff were exiled a long time ago, to be replaced with bloody minded mediocrities with big mouths.

    In the instance above, would you fundamentally trust someone to be in charge of public policy who has lied to both the University and the public about his intentions? Someone who collected a massive salary with no evidence of having researched anything?

    That kind of behaviour to be honest is very un-academic, academia is always based on evidence based reasoning. Even theology and arcane languages have a set of parameters.

    To bluff like this treats everyone like a base idiot. Perhaps even the UoN is above that, yet he was allowed to flourish there. He was an honourable man prior to teaching at UoN. He must have learned his new craft there.

    I don't blame Scott for jumping ship. What I dislike is the lying and deception and blatant lack of regard for research protocol. He was apparently dean of graduate studies and lectured many on good research habits. It turns out he is a bad role model not worth adopting.

    Leading by example is very convincing. Don't get me started on hardcore bullies who lecture on safety and protection from bullying. Who are they honestly trying to convince?

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