Letter: Doctored joy

April 6, 2001

A recent letter I received from a Scottish university can perhaps help explain the attitude of university administrators towards PhD external examiners. In the letter, a university official writes: "I am pleased to inform you that approval by the board of study and ratification by the university senate has been granted of your appointment as external examiner for...etc."

As I do not remember applying for this honour, should I feel overwhelmed with joy for this recognition of my talent?

Dipak Ghosh
University of Stirling

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