The University of Manchester have appointed Patrick Hackett as their new Registrar, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer.
Hackett, who previously worked as Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Liverpool, was among staff criticised during the UCU strikes last year for unnecessary spending whilst travelling.
The Liverpool Echo reported that Liverpool University bosses could have saved £113,000 if they’d travelled standard class on planes and trains over just under three years.
Hackett himself was criticised for spending £765.59 on one night at the 4 Seasons Hotel in Sydney last October.
A University spokesperson told The Mancunion: “The University is pleased to have Patrick as its Registrar, Secretary, and Chief Operating Officer.
“His experience and record of success with universities makes him an outstanding appointment for Manchester.”
Hackett worked at the University of Liverpool from 2005-2018, firstly as Director of Facilities Management, then as COO, and finally as Deputy Vice-Chancellor.
He has also held senior leadership positions at The University of Reading and Royal Holloway, University of London.
President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell said that Hackett had “a real passion for universities” and “a track record of success.”
Commenting on his appointment on the universities Staffnet website, Patrick said: “I am delighted to be joining The University of Manchester. I have already discovered a strong sense of identity and ambition in those colleagues I have met.”
“There is a powerful commitment to world class research, the highest quality student experience and to social, economic and cultural impact at Manchester and I am looking forward to joining the team and contributing to achieving our vision to be a leading global institution.”
Patrick Hackett joined the University management on 1st October.