In 2006, St George’s, a medical college of the University of London, outsourced their cleaning services. Subsequently, the private company which won the contract turned out to be paying cleaners below the London Living Wage and has been criticised in Parliament.
Since then, the Principal of St George’s, Professor Michael Farthing, has become Vice-Chancellor at Sussex, and two years later, his former close colleague John Duffy (Director of Administration at St George’s) became the new Registrar & Secretary of Sussex.
What a curious coincidence. Oh, but according to University of Sussex Council paper C/200/22, the Appointing Committee which selected John Duffy was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor, one Professor Michael Farthing.
And now both these gentlemen are pursuing a new plan to outsource services. The world is very strange.