Monday, July 6, 2009

The end of another adventure

All my bags are packed, I'm ready to go ...

Time to move on to another adventure. I don't know where we are going next.

I haven't had much to say of late. My life has been swallowed up with work, and there are so many restrictions on taking photos and even what I write. Took the shine off it really.

There were some posts that I wrote where I showed photos of some of the girls from behind, or just their hands, and I was ordered to take them down because people might be able to identify them.

When we were recruited, before we came here, we informed the recruiter that, although we had the experience of teaching for more than 15 years, at the time when we completed 3 full years of training in Education (back in the '70s), a degree was not awarded nor considered necessary. He took that on board, and hired us anyway. And then, when we arrived at the University, we were each asked to 'coordinate' the courses on the two sides. As time went by we discovered that this was more of a 'Director of Studies' position.

Anyway, there is always a political involvement in higher education. With the shifting of power in the higher echelons, one by one the sackings started, many of them for no good reason. It was not just faculty members, but also administrative staff, even the HR manager himself, and even the Rector of the University was forced to leave. When it came to our 'turn' - by the end of the year in our positions we clearly knew too much - we were an easy target as it was suddenly announced that we were not even qualified.

In some ways, it was a relief ...