You often hear the phrase "If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it". It is a personal favourite phrase of mine. It is an inherent problem that people try to change a good thing. Conversely, if it is broke, do fix it: Toyota appear to do this very well on the production line.
So why all the drivel? Before coming to the university here, it was the individual schools that set up the timetables for their courses and their students. In all honesty, I don’t know how well it worked – though I can see how there might have been problems in communicating between schools to ensure the same rooms aren’t being used by different courses at the same time.
As I came, the university had decided that a centralised service would timetable all the courses. And I’ll be frank: they’re crap at it. Since I joined, I have had lectures in just about every building of the university – and there are many. I am also expected to attend lectures at any time of the day – no matter the inconvenience.
When at school, you go in, you have a small number of breaks, and you don’t tend to stay longer than you need to. At university, be prepared to spend a whole day there, going to all areas of the campus and with no statutory breaks in between.
But I guess, at least, I should get more work done this way!