With a woof, woof here
Our Head of Farming Studies, Professor Walt Tyler, has praised Joanna Price, vice-chancellor of the Royal Agricultural University, for her recent stand against the stereotyping of her discipline.
Professor Tyler reminded our reporter Keith Ponting (30) that this was not the first time
Professor Price had risen to the challenge. “I well remember her brave attempt to dispel the notion that her institution mainly educated men who wore ‘tweed jackets with leather patches and yellow cords’.”
Had Professor Tyler been influenced by Professor Price’s advocacy?
“Very much so. Students and lecturers in my own department have been explicitly warned
against adopting any of the clothing itemised by Professor Price.”
And had he himself pioneered any other ways of combating the stereotype of agricultural studies?
“These are early days, but I like to think I’ve made a positive start by advising all members of my staff to make sure, before commencing their lectures or seminars, that they remove the blade of grass from the corner of their mouths.”