Painful conditionality

"Organisational effectiveness is not viewed as simply foregrounding cost savings, but instead a much more complex interplay of influences and drivers that facilitate opportunities for enhancing the ways in which we manage movement."

October 15, 2012

If you are currently scratching your head in confusion, fear not. The above quote is just another example of the management gobbledygook that can be found in universities up and down the country.

This particular gem came from the in-house magazine of the University of Leeds, and is very much in the running to win our Higher Education Jargon competition.

Times Higher Education is calling on you to send us examples of such confusing communications that clutter the desks and clog up the inboxes of despairing university staff.

Be they from the vice-chancellor or elsewhere in the upper echelons of your university's administration, we want to hear about them so we can highlight this worrying practice before it gets out of hand.

Readers also now have an extra chance to win as the deadline for entries has been extended to 26 October.

But remember, as one Russell Group university told its staff: "Instead of adding to the overall footprint we are looking at the whole envelope of estate in terms of its conditionality."

Send your examples to by 26 October. We will not publish any details of universities or individuals involved without your prior permission, and a bottle of champagne will be awarded for the best entry.

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