academic desk inventory

Just in case the National Trust would like to recreate an academic desk at some point in the far off future, here is what is on my desk today.

John Bellany mousepad

John Bellany mousepad

  1. IMac computer circa 2014
  2. HP laser printer circa 2015
  3. Mac keyboard on Margaret Preston mousepad
  4. Mac mouse on John Bellany mousepad
  5. Samson omni microphone with black cover, disconnected from computer
  6. External hard-drive, connected to computer
  7. Bottle of tap water, half empty
  8. Five pack of chewing gum, opened
  9. Book stand containing three different post it pads, all with lists of things to do, most with some, but not all, things crossed out. These are covered by two pages of the first draft of a new book proposal
  10. Box of tissues
  11. Flip video camera with dead battery, on tripod
  12. Six coloured plastic envelopes with receipts for not-yet-completed expenses claims
  13. Three plastic envelops with details of travel for talks/conferences in Ghent, Barcelona and Naples
  14. Four notebooks, one general and three for specific research research projects
  15. Small bottle of hand lotion nicked from a hotel
  16. Books:
  17. One ream of printer paper, unopened
  18. Round carved container of coloured paperclips
  19. Roll of sticky tape, large
  20. Cup containing fourteen miscellaneous biros and pencils
  21. Gluestick
  22. Envelope containing two theatre tickets for September 12, 2016 to No Man’s Land with Ian Mackellan and Patrick Stewart
  23. Small red case with twelve USB drives and another external hard drive
  24. Large box containing two digital cameras, audio recorder, two packets of new AAA batteries
  25. Two plastic timers used for timed writing – one tomato, one garden gnome
  26. Brian Eno and Peter Schmidt’s black box Oblique Strategies, closed
  27. Eco screen cleaner and cloth
  28. One purple fountain pen in a purple box, a plastic bag of twenty purple ink capsules  and a blotter
  29. Round tin of coloured pencils
  30. Twelve assorted note pads and three loose postit pads
  31. Two bank statements
  32. An elderly iPad, uncharged, in tattered red leather case.
  33. Spare pair of glasses in grey case
  34. Two DVD cases, empty
  35. Small pile of business cards (mine, but with superseded research centre name)
  36. Box of assorted stationery, mainly notepads with conference and hotel names at the top
  37. One five pence coin used for unscrewing the end of Mac keyboard to replace batteries.

About pat thomson

Pat Thomson is Professor of Education in the School of Education, The University of Nottingham, UK
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6 Responses to academic desk inventory

  1. Haitham Al-Sheeshany says:

    This was a fun & relaxing read. Thanks Pat!


  2. wanderwolf says:

    ooh! Those tickets are enviable! Sounds like some batteries need to be recharged, but otherwise a treasure-chest for an academic 🙂


  3. mikebwtaylor says:

    Entirely accurate I think. Surely there should be a huge coffee cup, half drunk, lukewarm but still being used?​

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  4. Jane S says:

    Glad to hear someone else rates Rodale’s weighty synonym finder, AND the Pomodoro tomato!
    Cups or containers full of biros, pens and pencils, appear to be common to all academics. I have to be quite good about piles of papers and books, as there’s not much room on my desk. But I do possess a sagging tiered intray, up on a shelf. One day it’s going to give up the ghost and shed its burden all over me, the desk and computer, like the collapsing end of a glacier.
    It’s a funny thing, that inbox. Leave it for long enough and its contents either solve their own problems or become redundant. There’s probably a message in this laissez-faire somewhere …


  5. Gosh, your desk is tidy, Pat…


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