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4 April, 2008

Pick a number, any number

What possible use is a University internal phone book which indexes all academic departments under 'D' for 'Department of...'?  That puts, say, the Dental Clinic before Continuing Education, and Geography before the Finance Office.

'Centres' and 'Institutes' are treated likewise, so one needs to know in advance that Environmental Informatics (whatever that is) is going to be under 'C'. The only place one needn't look is under 'E'.

Oh, that's only if the typically-used name begins with 'Centre for', 'Department of', etc. – the Wordsworth Centre is under 'W', whilst Clinical Psychology, which for some unspecified reason doesn't use 'Department of', is under 'C'.

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