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Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching

Oxford University Press hosted its annual Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching Conference at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool on 20 June.

The Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference brought together over 70 law academics for a day of discussion, workshopping and celebration.

Sessions included some of the hottest topics in higher education and legal education today:

  • OUP editors shared findings of their market research and publishing plans ahead of the launch of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination
  • Michael Fay hosted a panel session with students on student mental health, its impact on academics, and practical initiatives to employ
  • Warren Barr of Liverpool University, and part of the business and law TEF panel shared his insights from the TEF subject level pilots.

Images courtesy of Oxford University Press and Natasha Ellis-Knight.

Playing a central role in the conference were the six Law Teacher of the Year Award finalists. Delegates learned what it was that makes them such exceptional teachers, and heard first–hand about their teaching methods, motivations and philosophies. The conference concluded with outgoing Law Teacher of the Year, Nick Clapham of the University of Surrey, naming Lydia Bleasdale of University of Leeds as this year’s winner.

Lydia was thrilled, and admitted her desire to take home the accolade:
I wanted to win the award for three reasons… to show my seven year old daughter the positive impact that working parents, in particular, working mums can have. I also wanted to win it because of my students and for the law school as a whole – I can’t emphasize enough the support the law school at Leeds give those who want to excel at teaching.

Lydia also paid an emotional tribute to her colleague Nick Taylor, who was her personal tutor at university. Without his support she said she would not be here.

The other Law Teacher of the Year finalists were:

  •  Lana Ashby, Durham University
  • Kevin Brown, Queen’s University Belfast
  • Amy Ludlow, University of Cambridge
  • Richard Owen, Swansea University
  • Verona Ni Drisceoil, University of Sussex

Read their profiles here

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We’d like to thank all speakers, delegates, students and everyone involved for helping to make Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching 2018 such a brilliant and inspiring occasion. This is the only conference in the calendar to celebrate law teaching excellence. With subject-level TEF being introduced, you'll have to prove your commitment to teaching excellence, what better way than to attend the only conference in the calendar dedicated to law teaching excellence?


CPD logoCELT has been independently evaluated for Continuing Professional Development purposes by The CPD Certification Service. This means the conference complies with universally accepted principles of CPD and has been structured to meet the criteria of personal development plans, all delegates are entitled to claim CPD points for attendance.