Sarah Simons

Get your affairs in order

Illicit goings-on are common in colleges, but the wisest course of action is to stay buttoned up – in more ways than one

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How well do you know the people you spend your days with? If you’re reading this in a staffroom or an office with more than, say, 10 people in it, rest assured there’ll be scandal afoot.

Have a look around the room. Why is that lecturer so comfortable with his manager that he doesn’t always say thank you when she passes him a cup of tea? Why does that colleague always get the same member of the IT support team, and why does he rest his hands on her shoulders when he arrives to mess about with her hard drive?

There are illicit goings-on between staff in colleges up and down the land. The ...

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