University of Westminster academic Dr David Groome has scooped a top national award from the British Psychological Society for the inspirational quality of his teaching.

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David Groome He won the Society's prestigious Excellence in the Teaching of Psychology Award for 2009 after being nominated by former students, including two who are now distinguished academic psychologists.

David a senior academic in psychology who has been teaching at Westminster since 1970 and has written and edited several popular textbooks for psychology undergraduates - said he was delighted to have won the award for doing a job he describes as "the best in the world".

He said: "I am absolutely delighted to receive this award. This is definitely one of the high points of my very lengthy career. It is very flattering to find that our students - or at least some of them - seem to like my lectures, but I am not entirely sure of the reasons for this.

"The only explanation I can think of is that I really love teaching, and if I am having lots of fun giving the lecture then maybe that makes it more fun for the students too. The bottom line is that I honestly believe that I have the best job in the world," said David.

Head of the Department of Psychology within the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, Professor Hazel Dewart, said: "David has been a consistently popular lecturer at the University over the last four decades and many former students remember his lectures as inspirational experiences."

"The fact that he was put forward by a number of his previous students - and that two of these are now very distinguished academic psychologists - speaks volumes for David's teaching," she said.

The Society says it makes the award because "without inspiring and dedicated teachers the profession of psychology would wither".

The Society will confer free life membership on David and he will be presented with a commemorative certificate at its annual conference in April 2010, at which point he will also be asked to give an invited paper on some aspect of teaching psychology.


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