I was a research student at the University of Sussex from 1985 until 1988, as a result of which I can now put the letters DPhil after my name. Now I’m gearing up to begin recruiting research students at Sussex when I move there at the end of this month; a list of available projects can be found here, if you’re interested.
However, in the course of this I learned that the University of Sussex has changed the abbreviated form of its postgraduate doctoral degree from DPhil to PhD. Future Susssex researchers will therefore be deprived of the ability to write the letters MADPhil after their name as I do.
The idea that anything in academia should ever actually change sets a dangerous precedent. What were they thinking of? Everyone knows that PhD just stands for Doctor of Photocopying.
Not to put too fine a point on it, I’m appalled…