It's official - I don't exist!
OK, so I'm off to Perth soon to take up a new job, and in the meantime I'm still doing my old job. Even though my contract has ended, I'm still working and still getting paid on a fees basis, so I am still working for the University. Unfortunately, it seems that someone has actually been efficient for a change and removed me from the staff directory, deleting my email account at the same time. That was nice of them. So, as far as the University is concerned, I no longer exist.
What is the problem, you might ask. Well, when scientists publish papers or go to a conference, they use their email address as a contact. Often, you are working with collaborators overseas so email is vital in order to stay in contact and exchange information. What usually happens when someone changes jobs is that their old email account gets used as a forwarding service to a new account at the new employer, so you don't lose any email and you keep your contacts. So, as you can imagine, this has caused me a bit of a headache.
What was worse is that they gave me no warning what-so-ever, and people who I know left the University in excess of five years ago are still listed and still have working accounts! Charming. I'm trying to get it reinstated, but (even with the head of the department involved) it's taken nearly a week to get this far. Argh.