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March 16 2012

Pert reassures students amidst press speculation
Alan Pert has moved to quell speculation surrounding his future as head of research and fifth year tutor at Strathclyde following recent reports that he had resigned.

Speaking to Urban Realm Pert said: “I’ve spent the past three days trying to calm students down who think I’m leaving next week. It’s a real shame that the group of students under my supervision just now are under a panic that someone else is coming in to tutor them.

“Unfortunately both research institutions suffer from the fact that when someone mentions  something, someone speculates and the next thing it just spreads like wildfire before anyone gets a chance to say exactly what’s going on.”

Clarifying the present situation Pert stressed: “At this point in time I do not have a job at Glasgow School of Art. I have not agreed to go to GSA, I’ve had discussions with them but nothing is signed or sealed. It was agreed that I’ve got a commitment at Strathclyde up until the summer, I’m looking after students and once that’s all finished then we’ll have a conversation about it.

“The most important people to me are the group of students I’m looking after at Strathclyde. I’m not going anywhere until they’ve finished their Masters. “

Explaining the background to any possible future move Pert added: “It’s more to do with research; it’s not that I don’t want to teach at Strathclyde anymore. It’s a research opportunity and something I’ve been involved with for a while and a great opportunity to involve other people both at Strathclyde and at the Art School.”

6 Comments

Serious research assistant
#1 Posted by Serious research assistant on 16 Mar 2012 at 11:04 AM
Students are confused as to the research Alan has undertaken into the Hokey Cokey, a recent paper describes some interesting moves.

I put my right hand in,
I put my right hand out,
In out, in out.
shake it all about.

Commitment is obviously an issue, standing still is not an option. In Strathy out of Strathy, in the Mac shake it all about. Confused? In out, in out shake it all about.
John Smith
#2 Posted by John Smith on 16 Mar 2012 at 11:25 AM
http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/mackintosh-architecture-head-defends-appointments/5033559.article

According to the BD article above, Pert has been appointed. There are direct quotes from Chris Platt. Can Urban Realm please ask which version is correct? Maybe ask GSA whether Pert has indeed signed a contract to join them in June...
John Smith
#3 Posted by John Smith on 16 Mar 2012 at 13:18 PM
Pert: "I’ve had discussions with them [GSA] but nothing is signed or sealed." (Urban Realm, 16 March)

Platt: “We advertised a lectureship after the death of Jochen Bub and had an amazing trawl of 62 applications from around the world. There were some spectacular candidates of which we fortunately got two [Alan Pert and Kath Li] who are sharing the post. It was a very rigorous process; difficult but ultimately fruitful." (BD Online, 15 March)

Can both these statements be correct? Why would anyone put a false statement into the public domain?
Serious research assistant
#4 Posted by Serious research assistant on 16 Mar 2012 at 13:51 PM
John Smith, has raised the Pert - inent questions.
Job sharing with Li at the Mac. Spent the last three days trying to calm students down, yawn!
" It’s a real shame that the group of students under my supervision just now are under a panic that someone else is coming in to tutor them. "
Does this mean that Pert is regretting his current resignation? Sounds like it does. Another quote from Pert. "It was agreed that I’ve got a commitment at Strathclyde up until the summer, I’m looking after students and once that’s all finished then we’ll have a conversation about it."

Bye! is a short conversation.

Shake it all about!

is this it
#5 Posted by is this it on 16 Mar 2012 at 13:59 PM
the architecture profession creates ever closer ties with football premierships and contracts day by day..."I’ve had discussions with them but nothing is signed or sealed" - should i stay or should i go?
Chris
#6 Posted by Chris on 16 Mar 2012 at 17:13 PM
Job sharing at it's best.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O-_0Mseq6ZY&feature=fvst

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