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

Released on June 28, 2019

Sabrina Germain of City, University of London was named Law Teacher of the Year at the annual Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference.

Oxford University Press hosted the conference on 27 June 2019 at Cheltenham Racecourse; bringing together over 80 law academics in a day of sessions that discussed and shared hot topics and teaching excellence.

At the heart of the conference were the five Law Teacher of the Year finalists; delegates learned what it was that makes them such exceptional teachers, and heard firsthand about their teaching methods, motivations and philosophies.

The conference concluded with outgoing Law Teacher of the Year, Lydia Bleasdale of the University of Leeds announcing Sabrina Germain as this year's winner.

Accepting the award, Sabrina commented how unexpected it was, and that she was truly touched to receive the award. Sabrina had a string of people she was grateful to including her students;

    "I'd like to thank my students for motivating me to be the lecturer that I am. I thank them for challenging me every time I enter a classroom."

The announcement came at the end of a rigorous and demanding judging process spanning several months during which each candidate was visited by members of the judging panel, who conducted extensive interviews with students and colleagues as well as observing a typical teaching session.

Choosing a winner in such a strong line-up was no easy task. The candidates all displayed exceptional depth and breadth of teaching talent.
The other finalists were:

  • Neil Allen, University of Manchester
  • Lucy Yeatman, University of Liverpool
  • Victoria Ridler, Birkbeck, University of London
  • Jane Bryan, University of Warwick

The conference sessions included some of the hottest topics in higher education and legal education today: how can we ensure successful transitioning, including a Q&A with law students; legal technology– what is it and are we teaching it; and the benefits, reasons and challenges for incorporating practical and applied law teaching.