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Law Teacher of the Year announced at OUP’s Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference

Released on June 29, 2017

2017 LTOTY

Nick Clapham of the University of Surrey was today pronounced Law Teacher of the Year at the Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference.

Oxford University Press Higher Education law team successfully hosted the conference on 29 June 2017 at the University of Warwick – bringing together nearly 100 law academics under the umbrella of celebrating teaching excellence.

At the heart of the conference were the six Law Teacher of the Year finalists who were quizzed on a panel about their motivations, inspirations, and tribulations.

Professor Lisa Webley, who won Law Teacher of the Year last year, then stepped forward to announce the winner. On accepting his award, sponsored by Oxford University Press, Nick said, 

“I am delighted and humbled to receive this prestigious award for my work at the University of Surrey. It is made even more special as OUP’s judging process means that it can only be achieved with the support of colleagues and, most importantly, students. I now look forward to the coming academic year with even greater enthusiasm for what a colleague at today’s conference rightly described as ‘one of the best jobs in the world’ ”.

The announcement came at the end of a rigorous and demanding judging process spanning several months. All six finalists were assessed through campus visits involving the observation and filming of a teaching session, interviews with the candidates, their students and heads of departments. 

OUP hosted the second annual Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference at University of Warwick to act as a platform to showcase and celebrate teaching excellence, with the Law Teacher of the Year finalists at the heart of the event.

The other finalists were:

  • Mohsen al Attar, Queen's University Belfast
  • Michael Fay, Keele University
  • Matthew Homewood, Nottingham Trent University
  • Geoffrey Main, Thomas Bennett Sixth Form
  • Amanda Perry-Kessaris, University of Kent


Delegates tweeted using #CELTcon and #ltoty17

At all times the teachers are judged against the following criteria:

  • 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

The judging panel for the 2017 award consisted of:

  • Alison Bone, Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton
  • Alastair Hudson, Professor of Equity and Finance Law, University of Exeter
  • Marianne Lightowler, Head of Higher Education Marketing, Oxford University Press
  • Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law and Theory, University of Westminster

For additional photos and further information about the Law Teacher of the Year Award or the Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference contact:
Clare Weaver, Senior Marketing Manager, Oxford University Press

Details of all the previous finalists and winners of the Law Teacher of the Year Award can be found online at

Information about the Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference can be found online at

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