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Friday, October 05, 2007

Printing and Post

I've just printed off my application for the Gonville and Caius Research Fellowship. 6 page application form and 6 pages of research summary, both 12(!) copies, and two copies of a 28,000 words writing sample - I must've spent £5 printing it all and now I'm faced with the problem of how to get it there by next Friday, given postal workers are striking. I've just been to the Post Office and am told Special Delivery is not guaranteed while Parcel Force would cost £15+. If I had the time, it'd be cheaper to go to Cambridge myself...

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At 4:14 pm, Blogger Chris Brooke said...

This is what friends in Cambridge are for. Find one, email them the stuff, ask them to print it all out again and to drop it off at Caius for you, and promise reimbursement for all printing expenses & lots of beer. Or use UPS or some other non-Royal Mail carrier.

 
At 4:27 pm, Blogger Ben said...

Good plan, but afraid they need signatures.

 
At 4:37 pm, Blogger Chris Brooke said...

Are you sure? Lots of documents that get zapped around by email don't have "real" signatures on them, but people are perfectly happy with them. You could phone Caius to find out, esp. in view of the circumstances. Alternatively: ask your friend in Cambridge to print off everything else, and fax (or scan and email) a copy of the page containing yr signature.

 
At 4:42 pm, Blogger Ben said...

Submission by email isn't acceptable; they insist on hard copies of everything, although they do allow referees' reports to be faxed.

Maybe scanning would work - perhaps I'll ask, though their notes do specifically draw attention to the chances of things like postal strikes and say the deadline will be absolutely rigid.

 
At 4:45 pm, Blogger Chris Brooke said...

I'm not suggesting you email the documents to Caius, but that you email them to a friend in Cambridge, and you either fax or scan-and-email the page with your signature on it to that same friend, and you ask that friend to print-out-and-deliver. That way Caius gets *exactly* what it asked for (hard copies, with signatures, by the deadline, and the right number of them, too), but you owe your friend a lot of beer.

 
At 4:49 pm, Blogger Ben said...

Yeah, I got the idea - but I'm not sure whether they'd insist on an original signature.

I'm just worrying about whether I can submit photocopies to Magdalen. Foolishly filled the form in in blue, before noticing it says it has to be black and the second copy can be a photocopy - does that imply the first can't be also?

 
At 4:54 pm, Blogger Ben said...

The lady from Caius says she can accept a scanned/faxed signature.

 

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