‘Wading through Treacle’ began as a bit of fun to share with friends and colleagues during December 2012. Everyone seemed to be on a diet, so chocolate advent calendars were to be avoided. I thought that maybe all good university employees should prefer one episode per day from Burston Central University. Especially as the episodes are mostly about things you couldn’t make up. Although of course I should say that it is entirely fictional. So I did make it up.
I hope that the content is familiar to people working in UK HE. Are you wondering whether I work at the same institution as you? Maybe I do!
After a while of doing it, I can’t think of many more undocumented absurdities in UK HE, so the fictional world of Burston Central has been very quiet. Still, you can always check out previous posts about open plan offices,
printers multi-function devices, car-parking and kettles if you’re so inclined.
If you would like to read the 2012 story, you can download a PDF from here. I know how some people really hate onscreen marking, so if you really, really, want a printed copy, it’s yours for a fiver plus postage and packing. Or you can just run off that pdf on the multifunction device at work. We won’t mention white collar theft.
I welcome comments on posts, or you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow me on Twitter @wadingtreacle. Also feel free to send me policies or incidents which you’d like to see fictionalised and included in the narrative. More episodes will follow in 2013.
All characters appearing in these works are fictitious. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. This irritating bunch are far too awful to work in a real institution. And I’m sure that you’re all allowed to have kettles in your offices, which isn’t the case at Burston Central.