Dark September

This is the month we start teaching again, hamstrung by various measures, not least the NSS with which the students look set to undermine their own education. Our paltry pay award, all of 1.7%, means yet another real pay cut this year, depressingly accepted by UCU members. Who would vote for a pay cut? Us. Certainly not the managers whose pay award will probably turn out to be somewhat larger as in past years.

Then we have the 3rd phase of Plan 2020 to endure. How many staff are in for the chop this time? So all the staff can be forgiven for facing this academic year with great misgivings. Meanwhile Stevon, our Chief Architect, will twitter on about improvements all the while holding an axe over our heads. No change in sight.

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