Absent present

December 1, 1995

Culture shock comes in unexpected forms for those who change organisation in middle life. Having delivered a lecture in his capacity as chief executive of the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Brian Fender, former vice chancellor of Keele University, was very pleased to be offered a small book token in thanks - and rather less amused to have it intercepted and despatched to the gifts division of HEFCE in line with strict civil service guidelines.

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