Did you hear the one about the stand-up, the preacher and the scriptwriter?



 simon_lygobaker Dr Simon Lygo-Baker

Senior Lecturer
University of Surrey

About this conversation:

For many years I fought to keep my university identity separate from that I picked up away from campus: living two separate lives. I now believe that as a consequence of this I missed opportunities to draw learning from one context to another and to enhance my role as a teacher. This has now changed and it started when, away from campus, I was listening to a discussion between two stand-up comedians who were talking about the construction of their work. I started to recognise parallels between the development of my own teaching and what the pair were discussing. Since this happened I have shifted my approach to consider the cross-over more frequently, exploring and examining other professions to see what I can learn and bring onto campus from my other life. Using the experience gained from working with a range of seemingly disparate professions, including stand-up comedians, preachers, singing coaches and script writers this session will explore what I have borrowed and then transplanted into my teaching and the higher education environment. I will explore these experiences, using examples from work in the UK and USA with a view to encouraging you to do the same with those people and groups you may engage with away from the university campus.

About Simon:

Simon started working in higher education with different socially excluded groups (refugees, asylum seekers and those in recovery from addiction) on a range of educational projects before joining King’s College London where he developed a range of programmes for academic staff related to learning and teaching. He completed a PhD at the Institute of Education looking at educational values in higher education and now works at the University of Surrey in the Department of Higher Education for nine months a year and at the University of Wisconsin in the School of Veterinary Medicine for the remaining three months.

When: Tuesday 18th December 2018 12:00-13:00 (UK Time)

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