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The Apprentice’s Lewis Ellis graduates (Rousse)

Lewis Ellis was graduating with a Masters degree in Early Modern History and English from the University of Worcester, as was I. I couldn’t wait to add another set of letters to my existing Masters qualification and spell out the … Continue reading

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Dangers of regifting unwanted presents (Rousse)

I was on stage facing a line of dignitaries, including Donald Leach and former Moderator of the Church of Scotland Alison Elliot, to be awarded my latest undergraduate degree (classification 2:2). I took great care when asked to sign for … Continue reading

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Smart graduate cycles to the Belgium via the Channel Tunnel (Rousse)

The best way to avoid the job of painting the new staff common room was to arrive on campus dressed in a suit. I also had a good excuse that would get me out of this unconventional academic duty: I … Continue reading

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University of Nottingham web pages hacked (Rousse)

I ruined the University of Nottingham’s graduate testimonials web page when I picked out the plastic letters from the top line and dropped them on the floor. I simply couldn’t remember the wording that JC had used to honour her … Continue reading

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Failing your finals (Rousse)

Now that we were in the second term of the final year of our degrees it was high time that I started work on my dissertation. I caught Mrs S heading into the staff room and confessed to her that … Continue reading

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The computerisation of sanitation businesses (Rousse)

A mature student with a Geordie accent, supported by a gang of friends, was trying to persuade me that it was appropriate that he write his dissertation on how to revive his wife’s failing sanitation business. I explained that this … Continue reading

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Belle and Rousse to reunite (Rousse)

Belle plotted to return to her old job and arrange for me to join her. I explained that I would need at least a year to prepare for my return to London. There was the small issue of my degree … Continue reading

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‘Intelligence calipers’ measure IQs of aspiring spooks (Rousse)

The job advert had read ‘civil servant’ but I knew that the panel members opposite me were assessing my suitability for a role that included subterfuge, espionage, honeypots, and data decryption. I played along answering the standard interview questions with … Continue reading

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Paris waves freeze on last day of finals (Rousse)

I took my last final exam on the day that the Paris waves froze. My entire cohort was gathered there in summer dresses – even DM, slim and beautiful in red, yellow and blue. I had done no revision at … Continue reading

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An unworthy dissertation on Elizabeth I (Rousse)

SC and I were trying to work in one of the smaller University library reading rooms. While I was still worrying about my degree, she was marking a dissertation on Elizabeth I. She and JK wanted to fail the work … Continue reading

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