Tag Archives: authority

Female academic name change dilemmas (Rousse)

I’d just entered into a civil partnership, but couldn’t remember which of the three female candidates had been my bride. Could it be RT, the one I knew best of all? Or was it the woman with double-barrelled surname? I … Continue reading

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Boris Johnson’s PhD (Rousse)

Boris Johnson’s PhD thesis was so ancient that the yellowing paper cracked as you turned the pages. Presented in two battered cream-cloth bound volumes, the content was somewhat disappointing. I’d hoped that it would come in useful as I did … Continue reading

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Hanky panky in the headmaster’s office (Rousse)

It was my first day back at school and, before lessons even started, I was called into the headmaster’s office for turning up late. I tried to explain that after years of working in academia I was completely unused to … Continue reading

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A cholera expert in the family (Rousse)

My sister S was a world-leading authority on cholera.

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Knowledge management: not a “cinch” after all (Rousse)

The students were busy discussing their options for next term. Three over-confident boys declared that they would choose my class because it would be a “cinch”. The most arrogant of the three boasted proudly that he was already was familiar … Continue reading

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