Wages of sages

May 26, 2000

It was kind of Sir Michael Bichard to use his modestly remunerated position to comment on academic salaries. But one is always fascinated by the wider context of such comments. I wonder, for example, if he is one of the working-class types the government is so desperate to see coming through our higher education system? I often find that to be a subtle influence on one's perceptions - not least in respect of the income one requires from paid employment to get by in life.

Alan Hallsworth Division of geography, School of Sciences, Staffordshire University

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