Oxford University Press hosted the second Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference on Thursday 29 June at University of Warwick.
The event brought together over 80 law academics from around the country and acted as a platform to showcase and celebrate teaching excellence.
A diverse array of speakers presented on topics such as feedback methods and psychologies where delegates were treated to a video of a growing neuron. A session looking at what it means to be effective, engaged and employable and whether these are actually useful attributes to label law students, which also touched on the challenges to teaching brought on by the corporatisation of higher education. The conference then put students centre stage in a moving question and answer session that uncovered attributes of law teachers that are not often talked about: the caring and pastoral element of their role and how valuable that is to students.
At the heart of the conference were the Law Teacher of the Year 2017 finalists. They recalled their inspirations, shared their motivations, and talked about their challenges. Each of the judges paid tribute to the finalists, drawing out those things that impressed, moved, and captivated them during the campus visits and interviews. Professor Lisa Webley, the outgoing Law Teacher of the Year Award presented the award. Find out who won.
Photos by Natasha Ellis-Knight
Opening Remarks Clare Weaver (OUP)
Feedback: mindsets and methods Dr Emily Finch (University of Surrey) Dr Yvonne Skipper (Lecturer in Psychology, Keele University)
The "E3" student: effective, engaged, employable Professor Becky Huxley-Binns (University of Law) Professor Lisa Webley (University of Westminster) Professor Alastair Hudson (University of Exeter)
Student panel: "Great Expectations" Chaired by Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (University of Westminster)
Law Teacher of the Year 2017 finalist panel Chaired by Luke Mason (St Mary's University, Twickenham) Dr Mohsen al Attar (Queen's University Belfast) Nick Clapham (University of Surrey) Dr Michael Fay (Keele University) Matthew Homewood (Nottingham Trent University) Geoffrey Main (Thomas Bennett Community College) Professor Amanda Perry-Kessaris (University of Kent)
Law Teacher of the Year announcement Judges: Alison Bone (University of Brighton) Professor Alastair Hudson (University of Exeter) Professor Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (University of Westminster) Marianne Lightowler (OUP)