Office size shows who measures up

“They may not have the executive salaries, company cars or expense accounts of high-flyers in other sectors, but academics have their offices, and the bigger they are, the better. Jennifer Parkin, who is carrying out research into academic work spaces, said: ‘It’s not unheard of to see people measuring who has got the biggest office, because as an academic you don’t get the status symbols associated with other professions. The size of your office can be a big deal.’ Dr Parkin, a psychology research fellow at Nottingham Trent University, is examining the evolution of university work space, which has seen academics moving from ‘monastic cells’ into open-plan offices …” (more)

[John Gill, THE, 12 February]

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