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Urban garden design knowledge management exam (Rousse)

I remembered my request for the removal of the multiple choice section from the Knowledge Management exam. Instead, the students would be required to answer three essay questions rather than two. On the day of the exam itself, I took … Continue reading

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Tutor daughter thwarts student mother’s study success (Rousse)

My mother had only been studying for a week, so had barely opened the book when I told her that it was time for her first exam. I was somewhat responsible for the panic that ensued. I really should have … Continue reading

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PhD in Middle Eastern history: the mock viva experience (Rousse)

I was completely unqualified to serve as an examiner at this mock PhD viva. What on earth did I know about Middle Eastern history? I had been persuaded to participate on the grounds that I could ask all the standard … Continue reading

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Secrets of an Edinburgh book group (Rousse)

TTX was asking me all sorts of questions about book groups as we crossed over London Road between Meadowbank Stadium and Jock’s Lodge. I couldn’t tell whether she was sneering at the concept, or hinting that she would like to … Continue reading

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A gossipping wheelchair user (Rousse)

Now going by the name ‘Mandy’, LM drew me aside me to discuss an exam paper. We were just about to consider the questions when my school friend AR (was AH) approached us. She was clearly primed for a good … Continue reading

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Snuggling in the long grass and a popular book (Rousse)

In my response to a question about interview arrangements, XY reached up for my hand and gently pulled me down to join him. Much as I loved him, I thought it an unwise move for us to lie snuggled up … Continue reading

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Impatient engineers and cigar-smoking students (Rousse)

At 3pm I joined a meeting of colleagues in the School of Engineering. I never realised before just how many there were of them: hundreds! When it came to my turn to speak it was hard work to shout above … Continue reading

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Panel deals drugs at University interview (Rousse)

I had been primed to ask the interview candidate about three publications that he used when teaching the Information Delivery module. One of these was co-authored by me, with the candidate himself. This was just one of the strange things … Continue reading

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Medieval French literature, relationship advice, a Jacobean trunk, and a blue Maserati (Rousse)

We were working through archives of exam questions, extracting any that could be recycled for the next academic year. My collection was so old that it included questions on medieval French literature from my own undergraduate days. My colleagues started … Continue reading

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Pens lost and found (Rousse)

PT interrupted F’s PhD supervision with a question. “Are these pens yours?” he asked me. “Did you leave them behind when you moved offices?” There were three pens in total: a beautiful dark blue-marbled fountain pen; the striped wooden roller … Continue reading

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