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Victor - attitude to teaching
Name: Victor
PhD discipline: Archeology
Area(s) of work: Archeology and academic research
Year of graduation: 1999
Date of Interview: 08/06/2008

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Victor explains why lecturing doesn’t appeal to him.

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You were saying that you love research and you don't think that you would want to have a lecturing career?


Can you talk to me a bit more about that?

I don't like lecturing. I don't mind standing up and giving papers at conferences. It is quite interesting giving a paper at a conference. Lecturing is a totally different way of talking. In some ways I worried that I was afraid of the hard work with all the preparation and, yes, it is hard work, but then what I do now is very hard work. It is difficult to explain. I don't like lecturing. It is possible I want to avoid all the administration that is involved. I certainly don't mind dealing with students, I've always got on very well with students, you know, I've been around students for over 25 years. It is the actual lecturing itself and probably the admin that goes with it.

And do you think you might have a change of heart?

I don't know, I don't know, I enjoy teaching practical stuff – that's good fun that's interactive. I think now a lectureship in archaeology is just so competitive I think at my age I don't think I would get one. I might get sort of part-time teaching, you know, teaching part-time courses and things like that. But a full lecturing academic post I don't think I would get it at my age and I am happy doing research. The practical teaching I enjoy – that where it is all very interactive.

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