I totally agree with Alan Ryan ("Why I...", THES , May 31). No rational person would become an academic in Britain given the remuneration.
I recently saw advertised a postdoctoral position based in London, offering a salary of more than £16,000. The same day I was walking past McDonald's in Oxford Street, where I could get a job as a junior trainee manager at a starting salary of £20,000. The staggering difference in pay tempted me for a split second. But with four degrees, I suspect I'm truly overqualified.
Department of music
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London