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Your lecturer could be the next Bill Bailey if all goes to plan according to a Scottish academic.

Cate Watson, an academic at the University of Stirling, advises lecturers that learning stand-up techniques used by comedians could maximise the impact they have on students during lessons.

Ms Watson, a professor in Professional Education, says that humour could possibly be used by lecturers to raise awareness of current research and deliver some social insights.

She told The Times: “Good stand-up comedians are capable of achieving what social scientists often crave – getting an audience to critically engage with a subject.

“Despite this, a humorous academic appears to be an unacceptable oxymoron and those who use humour in their work run the risk of being seen as non-serious and therefore trivial.

“In literature, the idea that comedy can tell us something important about the human condition is widely recognised. This neglect of the potential of laughter is a serious omission and we need to make a sensible case for the place of humour.”

It’s not just Ms Watson who believes this, research from America has proved that students are much more likely to remember details from lecturers when they contain humour.

A lecturer at Queen Margaret University in Edinburgh, Stephen Darling, recently began performing as a stand-up and says his experience has made him better at communicating with his students.

The psychology lecturer told The Times: “In comedy you have to get your message across quickly and hold people’s attention. It has really helped me in my day job.

“If you are able to make light of things, or break things up with a bit of humour, it definitely helps.”

Who knows, perhaps your law professor will be selling out Wembley before you know it.

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Posted by Beth Mosettig

The Comedy Editor and a pun enthusiast. When she's not writing hilarious and witty pieces, Beth likes to spend her precious free time watching terrible crime dramas on Netflix.

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