Controversial Dean of the School of Management Nigel Piercy has provoked outrage once again by describing trades unionists as “unpleasant and grubby little people”.
The Dean, who has faced a 1,000 name petition and 13 formal complaints about the school since he took over in 2013, has run up against the unions over his unpopular reforms.
Writing in his blog he hit back at them, saying that academics should not be fettered in their thinking by “Unpleasant and grubby little people, who purport to represent others because they have persuaded a tiny number of people to elect them to office in trades unions and the like, and appear to believe they have the right of veto over what academics publish and say.
“Usually distinguished only by their sad haircuts, grubby, chewed fingernails and failed careers, these undistinguished individuals feel entitled to censor what others say and write…
“A further distinguishing characteristic is often straggly beards – half-way between designer stubble and a real beard, such growths are probably indicative of a hormone deficiency. But why is it that the rabid left wing believes that they alone have freedom of expression?
“However did we allow such creepy little people to develop such an enlarged and disproportionate sense of entitlement, and blight our universities?”
A spokeswoman for Swansea University said: “The blog represents the personal views of an academic colleague who has the freedom to express them.”