I’m back in touch after a perfectly horrible few days: in September, I inaugurated a new first year course, massive take-up, I had three teaching assistants and four co-examiners so trying to get all the information about all the students including the ones who came for the first three weeks and changed course, etc. etc. has been no laughing matter. One this infernal spreadsheet had been created, I then had to go through about 175 exam scripts (which of their nature are in no particular order) checking each of them against the marks run to see if there was any reason to send them to the external, then deal with the towering piles of essays, identified, due to the conventions of anonymous marking, by an eight-figure number, to find the essays to match. It’s been absolutely hideous. I’m not wholly through with examination matters, but having the first year off my desk is a tremendous relief to my mind.