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Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching

COVID-19 - event cancellation
Due to the coronavirus restrictions it seems unlikely that we’ll hold a face-to-face Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference this year, but may look to do something in the virtual space. Is that of interest to you? Email Tyler Hawtin with thoughts or ideas about taking it virtual, and if you have topic suggestions, or would like to be involved.

Our Law Teacher of the Year winner usually announced at the conference, will be announced once online judging is complete, probably towards the end of spring.  Find out more about the candidates and follow the progress of the award on the Law Teacher of the Year webpage.


Oxford University Press hosted its annual Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference at Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday 27 June.

The conference brought together over 80 law academics for a day of discussion, workshopping and celebration.

The sessions under discussion are listed below with expert speakers and contributors discussing some key topics facing higher education and legal education today.

Watch our round-up video below:

The celebratory aspect of the conference came from the five 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, Lydia Bleasdale of University of Leeds, naming Sabrina Germain of City, University of London as this year’s winner.

Read more about the Law Teacher of the Year finalists.

Read what was being said on Twitter during the conference:

Topics under discussion:

The importance of confidence and community in successful transition – exploring some practical insights on experiences of ‘transition’. What can we do to support our students in transition? What works? Is transition different for law students? What challenges remain?
Session includes Q&A with panel of students.

  • Verona Ni Drisceoil, University of Sussex, Imogen Moore, University of Bristol, and Craig Newbery-Jones, University of Leeds

Legal technology – what it is, are we doing it, should we being engaging with it, how does it impact our teaching?

  • Lisa Webley, University of Birmingham, Claire McGourlay, University of Manchester, and Anna Donovan, UCL

Practical teaching – what is "practical”, and what does applied teaching look like? Should we be doing it, does it make learning more engaging, and how much has the SQE been a catalyst for it? 

  • Scott Slorach, University of York, and Odette Hutchinson, Aston University

Law Teacher of the Year – meet all five candidates in two panel sessions, hear what motivates and challenges them, ask them anything, and take home ideas of your own. Visit the Law Teacher of the Year website to read their biographies now.

• Neil Allen – University of Manchester
• Lucy Yeatman – University of Liverpool
• Sabrina Germain – City, University of London
• Victoria Ridler – Birkbeck College, University of London
• Jane Bryan – University of Warwick

The conference will ran from 9.30am – 4.30pm and included a mixture of presentations, panel discussions and interactive sessions. 

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.