As David Colquhoun puts it, “Patrick Holford had been made a visiting professor at the University of Teesside. What on earth can be the university’s criteria be for awarding the title of professor?” Colquhoun looks into this issue on his blog, and has got some interesting Freedom of Information Act Information on Holford’s new appointment.
As Colquhoun points out, one of Teeside’s criteria for professorial appointments is
“the application of knowledge in a systematic and original manner, designed to enhance wealth creation and/or the quality of life”…Well [Holford] has certainly created a lot of wealth for himself. The “application of knowledge” bit is just a little worrisome though.