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    What it says on the tin.
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    What are your qualifications?
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    (Original post by Alfissti)
    What are your qualifications?
    BA Natural Sciences (zoology)
    MSc in psychology
    PhD in psychology
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    What modules do you lead?

    What is your favourite animal?

    Which is cuter? Panda or Polar?

    Why did you choose to become a university lecturer?

    Prior to academics, what did you do?
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    How did you go from zoology to psychology?

    Would you ever sleep with a student? (probably not going to answer that one, but I've always fantasied about ****ing one of my lecturers:coma:)
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    what's the money like?

    thoughts when you see a student falling asleep?
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    (Original post by Alfissti)
    What modules do you lead?

    What is your favourite animal?

    Which is cuter? Panda or Polar?

    Why did you choose to become a university lecturer?

    Prior to academics, what did you do?
    Animal behaviour. I also teach biological psychology and evolutionary psychology.

    Ooh, so hard. I love birds, probably birds of paradise are the most amazing to look at, but crows are the cleverest so I'll go for them.

    I guess pandas are cuter, but polar bears are magnificent beasts. I prefer them.

    I love teaching and researching my subject!

    Before this job, I completed my PhD. Before that, I worked for a few years in scientific and medical publishing.
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    Hello there! Do you have a calendar on your desk?
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    Why did you choose zoology and psychology?

    What would your advice be to someone wanting to study anything animal related at uni?
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    (Original post by balalika)
    How did you go from zoology to psychology?
    I got interested in animal cognition from my undergrad and did a Masters in evolutionary psychology. I think about psychology as a branch of zoology. It's just that the species of interest happens to be humans.

    Would you ever sleep with a student? (probably not going to answer that one, but I've always fantasied about ****ing one of my lecturers:coma:)
    I'm happily married. Anyway, when you start as a lecturer you get injected with a special hormone blocker which prevents you being attracted to any students
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    (Original post by happysmile)
    Hello there! Do you have a calendar on your desk?
    Yes I do. I could not survive a day without it.
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    (Original post by chazwomaq)
    What it says on the tin.

    Hi,
    How are you?
    where do you teach?
    What do you teach?
    Would you mind looking through my PS for me? It would be a great favor and I really don't have many people I can ask. Sorry, if that's a weird request, and I understand if you decline....
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    (Original post by iamu)
    what's the money like?
    I can't complain. I stared on just over 30k and now I'm on about 40k.

    thoughts when you see a student falling asleep?
    In a big lecture theatre, I wouldn't generally notice unless they're right in the front. But if I do catch someone, it doesn't really annoy me too much. I just figure they're wasting their own time. I just carry on teaching to everyone else.
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    (Original post by Confounded)
    Hi,
    How are you?
    where do you teach?
    What do you teach?
    Would you mind looking through my PS for me? It would be a great favor and I really don't have many people I can ask. Sorry, if that's a weird request, and I understand if you decline....
    Hi, I'm good thanks.

    I won't say exactly where I teach just to avoid being identified in case my students are on here (very possible). I teach psychology.

    No, sorry, I won't be able to check your PS. Do you have any teachers who help?
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    (Original post by chazwomaq)
    What it says on the tin.
    Was it intimidating at first lecturing to a whole lecture hall of people? Or is that something that comes naturally to you?
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    oh that's alright....well I want to study neuroscience and all the adults in my life are trying to convince me to study medicine instead. So they would just reject it any way.

    You teach Psychology, so I guess you prove that the idea one cannot get a job in psychology as false.
    Good for you!

    (Eat that all you cynical hags who think a degree in psychology is useless)
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    (Original post by horsewithnoname)
    Why did you choose zoology and psychology?
    I chose biology after reading The Selfish Gene when I was 17. Otherwise I was considering Law. From there I studied everything from biochemistry to botany before specialising in zoology, then psychology.

    What would your advice be to someone wanting to study anything animal related at uni?
    I think general degrees are often better than specific ones, and you usually get to specialise in your final year of uni. So I would recommend Biology over Zoology (although there are some really good zoology programmes like Oxford!), as many students don't know exactly what they want to do until they have tried it.

    Animal related degrees are also not particularly employable in and of themselves. So choose a degree that will give you other useful skills. Quantitative and statistical skills are a very useful by-product of a good animal-related degree.
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    Why can't we think and talk at the same time?

    What determines what language you think in?
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    (Original post by Puddles the Monkey)
    Was it intimidating at first lecturing to a whole lecture hall of people? Or is that something that comes naturally to you?
    I did a few lectures and seminars while a PhD student, and they were a little nerve wracking. But I managed to get quite a lot of experience dong talks and so on, so by the time I was a lecturer it was fine really.

    I guess I like to stand in front of a crowd of adoring sycophants, hanging on my every word too, so perhaps I'm a natural show off!
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    (Original post by chazwomaq)
    I think general degrees are often better than specific ones, and you usually get to specialise in your final year of uni. So I would recommend Biology over Zoology (although there are some really good zoology programmes like Oxford!), as many students don't know exactly what they want to do until they have tried it.

    Animal related degrees are also not particularly employable in and of themselves. So choose a degree that will give you other useful skills. Quantitative and statistical skills are a very useful by-product of a good animal-related degree.
    I want to be a vet, but if I don't get the grades/enough work experience, what degree would you recommend?
 
 
 
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