Osborne gets job number six – an honorary professorship in Manchester

George Osborne, the editor of the Evening Standard and former chancellor of the exchequer, has added a sixth job to his portfolio – that of honorary professor of economics at the University of Manchester.


On Thursday an email to staff announced that Osborne would be joining the university in an unpaid role. Starting in July, he will give a few lectures and masterclasses a year, building on his work on the “northern powerhouse” – a project to devolve the economy away from London to Manchester and the surrounding area that he initiated as chancellor three years ago.


Fellow project figureheads Lord O’Neill, the former Goldman Sachs economist, and Sir Howard Bernstein, former Manchester city council boss, are also honorary professors.


As well as running the London daily newspaper, Osborne remains chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP), a business lobby group he set up in September to boost the northern economy.


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