A controversial academic who left an embattled Welsh management school under contentious circumstances along with his father, described a former colleague as a “sack of human waste” called mechanics who serviced his luxury car “cowboy scum” and condemned a foreign barmaid who could not “even” speak English, is standing as a Cardiff councillor in next month’s elections, The Eye can reveal.
Niall Piercy was ‘pro-Dean’ at Swansea university management school, but left in the summer of 2015 following a storm of controversy after our disclosure that the Dean, his father Nigel, had described trade union officials as “unpleasant and grubby little people”.
After he left, Niall Piercy’s name appeared for just one week on the website of the business school at Leeds Beckett University (as Director of Research).
Yet now he is standing as a Conservative candidate for councillor in the Gabalfa ward of Cardiff.
It had been reported in June 2015 on the Welsh language BBC programme Newyddion 9 that his email had been seen, in which a fellow teacher was accused of being “useless, lazy and a sack of human waste”.
According to reports circulating within the school he may have been suspended before he finally left in the weeks that followed.
Another email had also been seen by The Eye in which Niall Piercy described his staff at the time in belittling terms, but cannot be shown for legal reasons.
In a post on Facebook, controversial views were given after an evening at a Weatherspoon pub in Cardiff.
Niall Piercy said: “I just got change off a 10 on 20 from foreign barmaid who couldn’t even speak English in central cardiff.
“They did a till check ON THE WRONG TILL and told me to sod off.
“You people are common scum”.
In another, Niall Piercy complained in insulting terms about the service he received at a well-known luxury car showroom and garage in Cardiff.
“Absolutely useless con men cowboy scum,” he wrote.
Apart from being ‘Pro-Dean’ Niall Piercy also held the ‘Chair of Entrepreneurship’ at Swansea’s School Of Management.
But after the extraordinary outburst on Facebook about the way his car was serviced, a top-level meeting of senior officials at the beleaguered school was held.
The Eye also disclosed details of an astonishing sequence of events, when the students’ union formally asked for CCTV footage after reports that a senior official had secretly scooped up bundles of the student newspaper The Waterfront because another article had been printed which was critical of Professor Niall Piercy’s school.
The school itself had made the news earlier for all the wrong reasons after it emerged that as well as his father being appointed Dean, his father’s wife, Nikala Lane, had been named ‘Associate Professor’ and was even promoted to be his deputy.
She remains at the school.
On the Dean’s blog, Nigel, Niall Piercy’s father, had said his critics were: “Usually distinguished only by their sad haircuts, grubby, chewed fingernails and failed careers, (they are) undistinguished individuals (who) feel entitled to censor what others say and write…”.
The Eye revealed how an investigation was then undertaken by the leading barrister and judge, Sir Roderick Evans QC, who is a senior figure on the university council.
It came soon after a petition of past and present students at Niall Piercy’s then university was started online demanding urgent action by the authorities.
The petition was called “Safeguard Our Degrees” and stated: “We call on Swansea University to listen and act on student concerns regarding the recent events at the School of Management”.
But Niall Piercy’s knowledge of students may come in handy as he fights the election in Gabalfa.
The local Conservative party website says: “The ward has a large student population due to some of Cardiff University’s Hall of Residence being located in the ward”.
The other candidates standing in the Gabalfa ward are:
(LABOUR) Joy Coughlan
(LABOUR) Matthew Hexter
(PLAID CYMRU) Gareth Holden
(PLAID CYMRU) Sioned Treharne
(LIBERAL DEMOCRATS) Rhys Taylor
(LIBERAL DEMOCRATS) Dr. Ashley Wood
(CONSERVATIVE) Margaret Evans