A lecturer has created a fake exam about the pension strikes and is handing them out to students
Does this count as extra-credit?
If you weren't tired of the bright yellow UCU posters stapled to trees and phone boxes by now – a Queen Mary's University Lecturer has come up with a triggering way to remind you of your upcoming assessments whilst educating us about the true effects of the UUK pension changes at the same time.
Dr Jens-Dominik Mueller, a leading course convener and lecturer in Engineering, started handing out these leaflets challenging students to work out the economical effects of the pension changes for Queen Mary's lecturers. The fake exam includes graphs, percentages, and real life questions that don't involve apples, oranges and long division.
It's made up of four sections labelled Basic Calculus, Advanced Mathematics, Uncritical Thinking and Critical Thinking. It covers lecture value, teaching staff salaries, and and the issue of free labour which is rife at QMUL – what started out to be a fake exam has turned into a grim reality.
Questions for example, in Section 1: Basic Calculus are as follows:
"Rachel, a QMUL 'demonstrator', is paid £15 per hour to teach science students in laboratories. Colin, the QMUL Principal, is paid £275,000 annually and teaches no students. How many hours could Rachel be employed to do her work if we used all of Colin's salary?"
Other questions, in Section B: Advanced Mathematics, poses real life questions that are urgently needing to be answered by staff:
"A QMUL Lecturer is contracted to work 35 hours per week. To cover all her work, she routinely does 55 hours per week. Calculate the total amount of unpaid labour she provides to QMUL over ten years."
— Lee Jones (@DrLeeJones) March 6, 2018
We hope all mathematically inclined students can answer these difficult questions, unlike Colin Bailey, QMUL Principal.