MrsM organises her work
carefully prioritising her lists
so that she can take an urgent document
to the Finance Department
MrsM is just leaving the office when...
the student needs to book a room
for a group tasting of vintage mustard
the academic wants to check through
the questions on her first exam paper
the technician has to order a sieve
to sort tiny excavated bones
the professor must change details
of his expense claim
the visiting academic from Pakistan
requests a code to work the photocopier
and the visiting academic from Brazil
wants to pay an invoice.
the academic wants to discuss
changing arrangements for a field trip
the careers service cancels a seminar
because the speaker's car won't start
the Head of Department needs
details of bursaries for
students from developing countries
the administrator calls for information
about car passes for students
the new mentee emails to arrange a first meeting
the student brings the long awaited contract
for her teaching work
the PhD student from South Africa
comes to share news about a viva that was passed...
a PhD student no longer!!
and suddenly it is not 9am but 3.30pm
and MrsM runs out of the office
clutching the envelope of signed documents
and arrives in Finance just before the deadline...
which is still in her office.