George Osborne adds honorary professorship to job list
Osborne will take up the unpaid role next month and will be advising the university’s leaders on how Manchester can play an even greater part in the Northern Powerhouse agenda, an initiative which he kickstarted during his time at the Treasury. He is now chair of the business-led Northern Powerhouse Partnership, which researches policy developments to support the region.
According to the university Osborne will be sharing his knowledge with staff and students by giving lectures, masterclasses and conducting informal visits.
Announcing its decision, the university said that as Chancellor of the Exchequer, Osborne was very supportive of greater Manchester and the university, particularly in supporting the National Graphene Institute and Henry Royce Institute as important scientific centres for translating cutting-edge discovery into economic growth.
Osborne said: ‘I am bowled over by this honour. The University of Manchester was at the centre of so many things I tried to achieve as Chancellor, from the promotion of new science to the building of the links between this country and countries like China. It is also one of the jewels in the crown of the Northern Powerhouse.
‘I remain completely committed to that idea that together the different communities in the North can work together so that the whole is greater than the parts – and I believe more strongly than I ever did that the entire county, including our capital, would benefit from a stronger North.’
Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell, the University of Manchester president and vice-chancellor, said: ‘George’s decision to accept our offer of an honorary professorship is very exciting news for the University. He has been a leader at the top level of UK and world economic policy for many years and showed the vision to recognise the enormous economic and scientific potential of graphene to the UK.’
The latest announcement brings Osborne’s tally of jobs to six. As well as the honorary Manchester professorship and the pro bono work as chair of the Northern Powerhouse Project, he receives salaries as the editor of the London-based Evening Standard newspaper, a senior adviser at investment manager Blackrock, a public speaker for Washington Speaker Bureau, and a Kissinger fellow (a US academic programme run by the McCain Institute).
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