“I shouldn’t really be here” says @timeshighered

“I shouldn’t really be here” says @timeshighered

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Been thinking about ‘Imposter Syndrome’ etc a lot recently, so here’s an interesting story from Times Higher Education about so many academics feeling like frauds:

On a recent train commute to work, a young man, seeing me editing some documents, asked me what work I did. I told him that I was a university lecturer. “That must be a cushy job,” he responded cheerily. Given his beaming smile, I felt that an equivocal murmur was the most appropriate response…..

This scepticism is particularly directed at academics in the arts and humanities, who are increasingly likely (in the UK, too) to find their claims that they contribute to a wider social or cultural good ridiculed in favour of a view of such subjects as private indulgences that should not be subsidised by the public purse.

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