Bloody scruffy lecturers
I’m a denim-clad kinda guy. I’ve been in Wrangler since I was sixteen years old. So imagine my outrage when I read that Birmingham Metropolitan College will send lecturers home to change if they come to work in jeans or scruffy trousers. The BBC reports that the dress code for staff requires tidy hair, business suits and skirts, no visible tattoos, no slogans on T-shirts or “ostentatious ear-rings”. Instead lecturers are being told to wear a “business suit; smart jacket and co-ordinating trousers or skirt; smart shirt/blouse/top and trousers or skirt; smart dress”.
A college spokesperson said: “We deliver qualifications to over 8,000 16-19 learners and 30,000 adult learners, along with meeting the training needs of a range of businesses – it is therefore important that our staff present a professional image and a dress code is one of the policies we have always asked them to adhere to.” Style over substance, anyone?
The ‘dandification’ of lecturing must be resisted. The UCU must raise a denim-clad New Model Army and stamp this sort of thing out. Denim is authentic. Denim is timeless. Denim is a state of mind. A good denim jacket and jeans is just as bloody expensive as a suit. I rest my case….