An ingress of water into my office saturated my press cuttings – so everything has been hung out to dry.
One piece, drying between two towels, is an article from The Times Higher Education Supplement, 13 February 1998, reporting on a forum held at Bologna University on the professional status of foreign lecturers.
It quotes former director of Florence University’s language teaching centre, Cesare Cecioni, addressing 125 foreign lecturers assembled in Bologna as follows:
“If you were ever to apply for promoted posts you would have no chance of success. As we would be judging you, it would simple be the slaughter of the innocents”
To people unacquainted with Italian universities this must seem eccentric … bizarre even, but Prof. Cecioni is just saying how things are.