Kingston has had a few management figures pass through its doors these past few years who earned themselves a level of notoriety while they were here. Indeed this blog has published a few paeans to our well paid and equally disliked masters. Most of us have little interest in what happened to them afterwards, probably heaving a sigh of good riddance, only for the relief to fade when the next incompetent incumbent came along.
Staff in SEC will never forget the mad axewoman of Pharmacology, Edith Sim, who slashed and burned her way through the academics. The only good thing this arch bully did was clip the wings of that other serial bully, Unprofessor Graeme Jones. Well, maybe a faculty can only have one bully at a time (no, not true). Once she had gone — retired to emeritus positions both at Kingston and Oxford, whence she came originally — the reeling staff who remained had to endure Mike Sutcliffe, who though a bumbling figure unsuited to the job, was nothing like as toxic.
What of Nona McDuffer, Kingston’s utterly hopeless head of equality at one time, later to become the hopeless head of student achievement? It’s a mark of Kingston how she was given more credence as an educational researcher than experienced academics. All this with only a couple of years teaching experience in FE. Still, give her due credit for all two of her two co-authored publications. And now? She has wangled herself a job as pro VC at Solent, a kind of Kingston-on-sea. How the minor have risen! All that experience bullshitting at Kingston stood her in good stead. She had good teachers in the SMT, now rebadged the SLT (the L must stand for lamentable, or laughable).
Finally this blog notes that Matt Hiely-Rayner, erstwhile head of planning, has moved sideways into the same job at Buckinghamshire New University, not to be confused with Buckingham University, the first private university in Britain. Having wangled the league table figures at Kingston for a few years, Matt Tightly-Suited thought he could probably do the same for an old tech college, and no doubt he is now Matt Even-more-Hiely-Remunerated. At least he knew what he was doing, which is more than you can say for the rest of them.