Break the record

May 27, 2005

Do I hold something of a British, or even a world, record? I have been on temporary hourly paid part-time lecturing contracts at the same institution since October 1988.

As your writer pointed out (Soapbox, May 20), the insecurity of this form of employment affects your whole attitude. I often think the outside world does not understand how reliant higher education has become on its loyal but exploited temporary contract staff. It is a scandal how the sector has been allowed to get away with this for so long.

Steve Woodbridge.

Kingston University

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