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Law Teacher of the Year Award

Nominations are now open for the 2016 Law Teacher of the Year award!

If you know a law teacher with the magic ingredients to be named the 2016 winner, make sure we know about them by filling in our online nomination form now.

All nominations must be received by Friday 8th January 2016. See below for details of how the award timetable has changed for 2016.

A word version of the nomination form is available here. Completed forms should be returned to helaw.uk@oup.com.

The process

Now – Friday 8th January

Nominations are open! All nominations should cover how the nominee:

  • Displays an approach to teaching that engages, motivates and inspires students;
  • Demonstrates commitment to the development and support of their students as individuals;
  • Uses involvement in research or other academic activities to enhance students’ learning.

On receipt of each nomination, we make the form anonymous to eliminate any possibility of bias. We also contact the nominee directly to ask them about their approach to teaching, and the Head of Department for a supporting statement.

Online nomination form | Word nomination form | Eligibility guidelines


The judging panel carefully consider all the nominations individually before meeting to draw up a shortlist of six finalists.

February – April

Two members of the judging panel visit each of the six shortlisted candidates to:

  • Observe a teaching session;
  • Interview a group of students, including some who participated in the observed session;
  • Interview two of the candidate’s teaching colleagues;
  • Interview the candidate’s Head of Department;
  • Interview the candidate themselves.

Each of these sessions is either video or audio recorded so that it can be shared with the remaining members of the judging panel.


Students past and present are invited to produce a short video in support of their teacher.


The judging panel are sent the recordings from each of the campus visits and the student videos for their consideration. All four members of the panel then meet to discuss each candidate and decide the winner.


The winner is announced at a day-long law teaching event in Oxford, which will give candidates and other lecturers the opportunity to share knowledge, build connections, and showcase their achievements. Further details of the event and how to get involved will be released shortly.