Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Top Teaching Award for Dave

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Top Teaching Award for Dave

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"Bugger me."

That was how Dave, an MA student in the Department of Media and Cultural Studies, responded to the news that he had been named Poppleton's "Top Teacher" in the annual staff awards.

According to a member of the judging panel, Dave's success was based on three considerations: the number of hours of undergraduate teaching for which he is responsible, the seniority of the teachers he has replaced and the breadth of topics he is required to cover.

So not only did Dave teach for 27 hours a week, he also taught in place of such distinguished academics as Professor Lapping, Dr Quintock and Dr Piercemuller, and covered a range of cultural studies topics that included acculturation, anti-essentialism, Baudrillard, Judith Butler, intertextuality, Angela McRobbie, performativity, queer theory, symbolic order and Raymond Williams.

Dave was unable to attend the ceremony because of teaching commitments, but Professor Lapping, who accepted the award on his behalf, told the audience that without Dave's consistently underpaid help it would have been impossible for senior staff in his department to devote themselves wholeheartedly to fabricating the impact section of their submissions to the research excellence framework.

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Dr Mike Goshworthy, the Head of our Department of Social Psychology, has announced the results of an experiment that he believes will do much to counteract recent "scurrilous suggestions" from senior academics that the subject of social psychology is in serious trouble because of its past reliance on dubious experimental evidence.

In his study, Dr Goshworthy divided 120 bored students into two groups. One group was given a lecture on the value of social psychology and then each attendee was rewarded with a ripe apple. The second group heard the same lecture but then each attendee received a severe electrical shock. …

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