Morris was reflecting puzzlement over the poor turnout at the association's Dundee conference. Despite the plethora of professors in education - thanks to the academic aspirations of colleges both within and outwith universities - few booked into Dundee University's brand new accommodation called West Park Villas. ("We'll just have to see what kind of a state the students leave it in when they come back next week," said the lady on the desk gloomily).
Some of the research glitterati did appear, but only to deliver a paper and depart. Can the attractions of this week's European researchers' conference in Seville really be preferable to a weekend by the Tay?