The other thing I hadn’t expected was the scale of the workload. The teaching commitment was high – about 10 contact hours per week (double what I had experienced before). During term time, I was spending the whole working week either teaching or preparing to teach, with no time for research.
Drove the poor dear to heroin it did. Admittedly, exposure to students for 10 hours a week might do that to me too but still, hardly a horrible workload is it?
And that is only in term time, what, 26 weeks a year even at the Polys?