Looks like R's dream job could be going t1ts up. Some or more of the senior academics involved may taking sabaticals to be visiting professors at the University of Somewhere Foreign, Old & Scenic. Which is very nice for them to be able to university hop around the globe, a year hear, a year there etc. Not so nice for people like R with lives and families who can't just drop it all. If he's not prepared to go and work abroad for a whole year (which he's not) then the most he can hope for is maybe something part time in Manchester. Feck.
Oh and Jude, if this shows up, yes blogger is working for me.