An advert for an unpaid research post was taken down yesterday just 30 minutes after the University and College Union (UCU) released a statement condemning the practice of getting researchers to work for free. http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=420773&c=1
A lot of questions hang over the next academic year. And while I can't say I'm feeling optimistic, there is also hope in the discussions that are taking place. There was hope in the occupations and on the marches. And while the corridors of the university might be oh so quiet, UCU members are being balloted on industrial action.
Put simply, people with qualifications generally earn more money and then choose to live in affluent areas. People with fewer qualifications generally earn less money and then choose to (or are forced to) live in poorer areas. So we get concentrations of skills. This is particularly true within cities.