The Times Higher Educational Supplement has picked up on a storm generated by Slipped Disc over a Cambridge advertisement for a Senior University Lectureship in Wagner, Liszt and the Cultural History of Technology.
The terms are so specific that it seemed highly likely the job was tailored to a known individual.
The THES won’t. But it does report widespread discomfort among academics at the terms of the engagement. As well as the official line:
Nicholas Cook, head of the music department, said that it was for a “strategic appointment”.
A Cambridge spokesman added that it had “advertised to fill an identified need for a specialist academic role” and an “open application process, which includes a rigorous interview stage, is ratified by our human resources team and is fully in line with UK employment law”.
Read the THES report here.