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Motivate. Illuminate. Captivate.

After much deliberation, the judges have determined a shortlist. The candidates going forward to the next phase of judging are:


Lana Ashby

Lana Ashby, Durham University
Lana is an Assistant Professor (Education) in Private Law at Durham.  Her research interests include modern developments in contract, company and insolvency law and comparative developments in company law, in particular in developing countries.




Lydia Bleasdale


Lydia Bleasdale, University of Leeds
Lydia is an Associate Professor at the University of Leeds (primarily in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice), where she has been teaching since 2005. Her primary research interests are student resilience, student wellbeing, clinical legal education and criminal law.



Kevin Brown


Kevin Brown, Queen’s University Belfast
Kevin is a lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at QUB. His main research interests lie in socio-legal explorations of the regulation and governance of public space, victims' rights, and more broadly criminal law and criminal justice.




Amy Ludlow


Amy Ludlow, University of Cambridge
Amy is a Senior Research Associate at the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge and Supervisor for M.St. in Applied Criminology, Penology and Management. Her research interests include Labour law, industrial relations, public procurement, prisons, public sector reform, EU law and empirical / socio-legal methodology.



Verona ND


Verona Ní Drisceoil, University of Sussex
Verona became a Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex in January 2013. Her research broadly explores the intersection of law, culture and identity.





Richard Owen


Richard Owen, Swansea University
Richard began his career as a trainee, later assistant, solicitor with the British Coal Corporation. He has held posts at Swansea Institute of Higher Education, the University of South Wales and the University of Essex. He joined Swansea University as Director of the Swansea Law Clinic in January 2017. 



This year the quality of the nominations was remarkably high and the judges had a tough choice selecting the finalists.
We would like to thank all those involved in nominating for their hard work.

What’s next: Over the coming months our judging panel will commence their campus visits.
The winner of Law Teacher of the Year 2018 is to be announced at this year’s
Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference, which takes place on Wednesday 20th June 2018.


Key dates

• 20 October 2017 – Law Teacher of the Year 2018 launches
• 13 December 2017 – Deadline for receipt of entries
• End January 2018 – Shortlist is announced
• February and March 2018 – Campus visits and interviews from judges take place
• From April 2018 – Judges review all evidence and discuss outcomes
 20 June 2018 – Law Teacher of the Year 2018 is announced at the Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference.