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Why do we bother?

It's nice to know that your profession is held in such high esteem by the general public. The BBC has a story on the TUC's unpaid overtime survey, and the comments on "lecturers and their thirteen week paid holidays each year" are making me depressed and furious by turns.


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Mm, as an Associate Lecturer with the OU I only get paid for the months during which my course is presented (i.e. 8 months of the year). The pay is based on a notional number of hours per week, which was set AFAICT purely to meet minimum wage requirements, not based on the amount of time it actually takes to do the job properly. Most OU lecturers I know spend substantially longer on their work than the hours/week on their contract, often 2 or 3 times longer.

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