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University lecturer commits suicide.

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justasking111 Wed 20-Feb-19 13:50:41

Tragic news about a lecturer who could no longer cope with his workload.

www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-47296631

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BubblesBuddy Wed 20-Feb-19 14:27:29

Farmers and vets have much higher suicide rates. It is sad for all.

countdowntonap Wed 20-Feb-19 14:31:21

Awful. I worry for my DH who works endlessly, even when it isn’t marking season. He makes my secondary teaching workload look easy.

SarahAndQuack Wed 20-Feb-19 14:56:13

This happened last year, didn't it? Very sad. Especially awful that he'd repeatedly told his management he had far too high a workload and couldn't even take annual leave, and they ignored him.

peteneras Wed 20-Feb-19 15:34:01

"The University takes the welfare of its staff extremely seriously. . .We are committed to all the members of the University community to ensure the welfare of our staff."

Like hell you do! Three kids won't be left fatherless and Mrs Anderson won't be a single mum supporting a family otherwise.

lilabet2 Thu 28-Feb-19 13:36:10

How absolutely awful. My Dad is a University lecturer and it's an incredibly stressful and not very rewarding job!

lljkk Sun 03-Mar-19 06:54:35

His poor kids. sad x

Xenia Sun 03-Mar-19 16:44:56

Very very sad, such a waste.
However the statistics are that lower skilled people not professionals have more suicides I think:
www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/birthsdeathsandmarriages/deaths/articles/suicidebyoccupation/england2011to2015

"Main points

There were 18,998 suicides in men and women aged between 20 and 64 years between 2011 and 2015, which constitutes a rate of around 12 deaths for every 100,000 people per year; for around 7 in 10 (13,232) of these suicides, an occupation was provided at the time of death registration.
Males working in the lowest-skilled occupations had a 44% higher risk of suicide than the male national average; the risk among males in skilled trades was 35% higher.
The risk of suicide among low-skilled male labourers, particularly those working in construction roles, was 3 times higher than the male national average.
For males working in skilled trades, the highest risk was among building finishing trades; particularly, plasterers and painters and decorators had more than double the risk of suicide than the male national average.
The risk of suicide was elevated for those in culture, media and sport occupations for males (20% higher than the male average) and females (69% higher); risk was highest among those working in artistic, literary and media occupations.
For females, the risk of suicide among health professionals was 24% higher than the female national average; this is largely explained by high suicide risk among female nurses.
Male and female carers had a risk of suicide that was almost twice the national average.
Females within the teaching and education profession had a lower risk of suicide but specifically for primary and nursery schoolteachers there was evidence of an elevated risk.
Individuals working in roles as managers, directors and senior officials – the highest paid occupation group – had the lowest risk of suicide. Among corporate managers and directors the risk of suicide was more than 70% lower for both sexes."

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