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THE (Times Higher Education) - - THE POPPLETONIAN -

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.”

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