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A few brief comments – since I have now finished writing my unashamedly inaccessible and impactless piece on different approaches to reading Thucydides in modern political theory – on a far more important and serious issue than my uncontrollable envy of Leicester archaeologists. A story in yesterday’s Guardian (http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2013/feb/04/academic-casual-contracts-higher-education) offered a reminder of something that most of us in universities know about but, for various reasons, prefer not to dwell on too much: the increasing dependence of the whole enterprise on casualised labour, fixed-term research and teaching fellows. This is certainly a problem for those individuals who are stuck in such posts, and for those (including at least some academics in permanent positions) who are concerned about them; but it’s also a reflection of wider, equally worrying changes in the modern university, which aren’t always so easy to spot as they creep up on us gradually.

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