Brunel's Schwartz nominated as Britain 's worst boss
The AUT has nominated Brunel University vice-chancellor Steven Schwartz as Britain 's 'Worst Boss' for a new television show looking for budding David Brents.
The Channel 4 programme will be shown in the summer and will be presented by Quentin Wilson.
The industrial relations-challenged Professor Schwartz has managed to provoke the academic staff into delivering a vote of no confidence in his management, and they are now being balloted for industrial action by the AUT.
'While the Channel 4 programme will be a light-hearted look at bad bosses, the reality for our members at Brunel University is no laughing matter,' said AUT general secretary Sally Hunt.
' Brunel University is making 60 staff redundant, with 30 compulsory redundancies, an almost unheard of event in a British university. Prof Schwartz's action is leaving academic staff feeling battered and undermined in public as he labels them research inactive, despite this being untrue,' she added.
In an online poll of AUT members at the university Prof Schwartz received a no-confidence vote, which mirrored a no-confidence vote he was given by staff and students in his previous post at Murdoch University , Australia .
Quentin said: 'I think that everyone has had a boss who really drove them mad, whose workplace antics irritated rather than entertained or inspired. I am really looking forward to meeting these office despots - and giving them a taste of their own medicine.'
The worst of Britain 's bosses will join Quentin Wilson, celebrities and experts who will hopefully help them improve through a series of challenges. Those who are judged to have improved the most will win a top prize - but the last past the post will be voted the worst Boss in Britain .