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The new government starts to roll out plans and more ministers

We’ve all been there. You go away for a few days and come back to find that the vice-chancellor has filled that senior role that was out to advert.

You discover that the VC has made what is known in the trade as a “vanity appointment”. Rather than give the job to someone with experience who might be qualified to do it, they have appointed “a face”. Someone off the telly—not a proper celebrity (such people presumably have better things to do than get involved in universities) but a well-known figure who owes their profile to media appearances of one kind or another. Sometimes they can be an ex-politician, a former high-ranking civil servant, or, if you are very unlucky, a “thought leader”.

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