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Internal News - 18 July 2008

Dr Ian Walker voted winner of online debate by teenagers

Dr Ian Walker, from the Department of Psychology, has been voted the winner of an online science education debate by young people across the country.

Dr Walker was one of five scientists who took part in I'm a Scientist, Get Me Out of Here! – a nationwide online debate between secondary school pupils and scientists and researchers.

The event ran for two weeks when 13 to 15-year-old pupils could ask questions and take part in live chat sessions.

Dr Walker was elected winner of his group and won £500, to be used for science communication.

He said: “I was delighted and very surprised to win, as I was up against cancer scientists who I thought would be considered more worthy. It shows that there is clearly a thirst among young people for psychology as they were really fascinated by the subject.

“We have always known that psychology is popular among A-level students, but this shows that it would also be a popular choice at GSCE level and would help to keep more girls interested in science.”

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