'Most of us' may need explaining, but I must first correct Judith Judd. She describes lecturers as 'the lowest form of don'. At Oxford the lecturer tout court is already most of the way to a readership. The 'lowest' category is actually the 'CUF lecturer' ('Common University Fund', a typically Oxford term in that it hides a history). The CUF lecturers are the ordinary college tutorial fellows, who also give 16 lectures a year for the university.
This category is by far the most numerous and is the standard 'Oxford don'. Many, if not most, of its members of any seniority will have turned down opportunities to be professors elsewhere, or even in Oxford itself. On the whole, they regard themselves as equals and pursue the aims of scholarship in co-operation, a profoundly productive and satisfying relationship good both for students, with their various needs, and for scholarship. It is a relationship marred, as you can see, if not (I hope) finally threatened, by these politically imposed novelties.
Fellow and Tutor
University College Oxford
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