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  1. Considerably more I'd have thought. My father-in-laws 3 bed house in the countryside has burnt 3k of oil in the last year. He reckons it'll be worse next year given the recent price hikes.
  2. I'm curious - in calculating your coupon price, Have you allowed for the replacing other all kit every ten years, maintenance, insurance costs etc mentioned by someone else above? That would seem to shift the equation a little if true. I know from my own experience that if you are running complicated equipment you need to allow about 5 - 10 % of the capital cost per year for upkeep.
  3. There's no need to break the contracts if that would be too onerous. A PFI windfall tax would be the way to go if you wanted to claw funds back.
  4. No - entirely heartfelt!
  5. I have several friends who work or used to work in big pharma. A considerable number of their ideas come out of academic research, and are then taken on in prototype form and put through the trials by the company. In addition these companies also spend a reasonable whack on academic research themselves - buying in expertise in some niche area if you like. I am sure that this is counted in the stats feeding back into the worthiness of academic funding.
  6. 40% in perpetuity did seem high to me, although of course drug companies doing medical research do make obscene profits. I would imagine that it would be almost impossible to quantify this in any real respect as there are, as they point out above, so many ways in which investment in research interacts with the rest of the economy. I think about the closest you can come to it is to look at which countries have the highest gdp, manufacturing output, etc and compare it to research input, allowing for a multiphase lag between research input and manufacturing output (for instance training an engi
  7. I'm amazed my looney leftist defense of lecturers hasn't create the usual intense howl of derision. Does anyone come on the current affairs board...
  8. I'll have to take issue with that I am afraid. Lecturers salaries are significantly less than they used to be, twenty or thirty years ago (with appropriate inflation correction). Workloads are significantly higher (I worked 7 days a week, 16 hours a day for the whole of September for instance - keeping on top of things in the first month of the new academic year, whilst also needing to fulfill my research and admin roles). Lecturer to student ratios have worsened. There is no longer time to keep on top of your subject as well as you ought (this is not school teaching where everything you need
  9. Perhaps that is why there are so many performance related bonuses these days. But certainly I know plenty of people (eg in IT, accountancy, law) where you have to negotiate for your pay and if you get a raise it does not imply that anyone else did.
  10. Same in mine, but it is rare and goes through the uni council to be voted on I believe.
  11. Ah well there's his problem. An advanced fellowship is supposed to be a gateway to a full lectureship position - ie to give you five years when you don't have to worry about funding and can get on with building a group and doing research. If he had to go back to a postdoc after that he must have either screwed up or had very bad luck.
  12. I guess that must vary by uni. HR asks us (the academics) what the spine point to cost for, and we typically try to match the previous if funds allow. I'd agree with the sentiments in the second sentence!
  13. What annual payrise? We've had one payrise since I started the job eleven years ago (admittedly spread over three years).
  14. What on earth gives you that idea. In the private sector you can pay someone whatever you want. (Minimum wage etc excepted). I know for a fact that my wife and her colleague who do absolutely the same job and who started the same time, in the same building, have a 5k difference, mainly cos my wife is crap at negotiating payrises! Even with the increments (and remember that there are typically only about 5 steps in a grade) and with the pay rise a couple of years ago (the first I might add since I started in '99) academic pay has still increased 20 to 30% less than comparable professions ha
  15. My personal experience is that by the time I got to the top of the grade I was doing a lot more/working much longer hours/taking on more responsibility, than I was/did/had when I started at the bottom of the grade. It worth noting that the increments don't go on for ever (typically around 5 to 7 years, after which you'd need a promotion to continue), and whilst automatic are not an entitlement (poor performance could prevent it, although you're more likely just to get the sack). Further, there's basically no way of negotiating a payrise other than the increments, unlike the private sector.
  16. That would be very unusual - I've never heard of anyone moving for less than their current grade/spine point. I'm sure it does happen, but reckon it must be pretty rare from what I see.
  17. Quite probably (I didn't look), but in my, admittedly, very limited experience, the section on surveys was dead on.
  18. Having recently had a full structural survey done on a house, we were astonished that the place was still standing. If eveything the surveyor's report said might be wrong was wrong the place should have fallen down years ago. After spending almost a thousand pounds on the survey it was somewhat irritating to have to get all sorts of other specialists in to look at things like damp, timber, roof, electrics etc. (All came back as fine other than a bit of flashing work and some floor joists needing a bit of work.) In trying to interpret what the surveyor meant I came across a website that seem
  19. They don't need to chase anyone - the law was changed a few years ago to require a huge amount of disclosure from the solicitors in the case of a chattels sale. Very few solicitors are going to risk screwing around with the revenue to save their clients the odd thousand.
  20. is sitting comfortably. Now we'll begin

  21. Probably already mentioned, but over the last couple of days it has increasingly been the case that you hit Add Reply and nothing gets posted in the thread, hit back and hit Add reply again, nothing, hit back a third time and Add reply and it works. Odd.
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