In Teesside’s Case for Support (PDF) for offering former Patrick Holford a Visiting Professorship at the University, Teesside not only referred to possible funding resulting from this but also discussed possibilities for “collaboration and joint working in a number of areas”. However, a FOIA request on this issue brought an interesting response. Teesside were asked for
A list of the work which Mr Holford has carried out for Teesside University, including any teaching and/or research supervision which he was involved in.
However, they replied that
Mr Holford has not undertaken any teaching or research supervision.
Given that Teesside only got a rather disappointing total of £592.03 in funding from Food for the Brain, and do not appear to have got much in the way of work from Holford, one wonders what they have taken from former Visiting Professor Patrick Holford’s time at the University?
Teesside did, of course, get plenty of publicity from this episode – although this may not have been the type of publicity they would have hoped for. And, of course, Holford did carry out a significant amount of research and publication while he was Visiting Professor at Teesside: do readers have any suggestions as to which of Holford’s missives would be best for Teesside to include in their next Research Assessment Exercise submission?