Yvonne McDermott Rees is a senior lecturer and director of teaching and learning at Bangor University, with teaching and research interests in international criminal law and human rights.
"Yvonne’s style of teaching is discursive, encouraging class debate and discussion throughout, so that students are truly engaged with the subject matter. She brings the law to life."
Yvonne was nominated by multiple sponsors including her head of department, a colleague, and students from undergraduate through to PhD level. All highlighted Yvonne’s “interesting, exciting and stimulating” teaching style, with several picking out her innovative method for retaining student attention throughout lectures and her support of extra-curricular opportunities.
Yvonne holds students’ attention in class by constantly drawing links between theory and practice, using real life stories from the media to bring the law to life. She reinforces these links by organizing discussion groups for students to further explore concepts raised in class, as well as an International Law Movie Club, which provides a more informal setting to debate and discuss issues in the subject area.
As well as her lecturing responsibilities, Yvonne is also Bangor Law School’s director of teaching and learning, co-director of the Bangor Centre for International Law, and coach of several of Bangor’s successful mooting teams. Despite all this she continues to develop her students by encouraging them to get involved with her research projects, co-authoring chapters with them, and inspiring them to enter local and national competitions.
"Because the areas I teach are so rapidly changing, my goal is not merely to transmit information, but to give students the tools to critically engage with concepts. Seeing my students succeed in their studies and progress in their careers, I feel privileged to play a small part in these individual successes."