Little room for error

September 19, 1997

With regard to "A work of art that's brutal to work in" (THES, September 5), there are a number of matters to dispute.

First, when you first approached Sandra Dawson, it was with a request that we participate in a series on academic rooms. This we were prepared to do. We did not give permission for a feature on the Judge Institute as such, and I certainly had no idea that it was your intention to create one.

Second, the article is riddled with inaccuracies, not least the statement that the building overspent its budget by Pounds 11 million. This is wrong. In any event, I have neither the knowledge nor the authority to speak on the financing of the building.

Third, the article conveys a negativity and a cynicism that totally belies the reality of our experience here, and indeed the reality of our discussions at the interview. The claim of the title, that the building is "brutal" to work in, is presumably attributable to journalistic licence in that I never actually said any such thing, but, more seriously, it is a claim which is insulting to colleagues who work here, and unhelpful to those who might wish to work here in the future. It gives no inkling of the excitement and challenge of such a building which all of us here share. Finally, of the approximately 50 pictures you took, the one you chose to publish fails to convey the best of our beautiful building. And furthermore, it did not feature my room.

Jane Collier

Lecturer The Judge Institute of Management Studies University of Cambridge

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