Marc Howe is a Principal Lecturer in Law and University Teaching Fellow at Oxford Brookes University, teaching tort law, evidence, criminal advocacy, and communication skills for lawyers.
"At the heart of my teaching philosophy is the desire to bring the study of law to life combined with a commitment to experiential learning. My teaching seeks to bridge the academic and the professional in the context of the law curriculum and co-curricular activity."
Marc was nominated by a former student (now a practising barrister) and the interim Head of School, who applauded him as an “exceptional communicator” who seeks to foster participation in co-curricular activity in ways which “engage, motivate and inspire” students.
Marc draws on his practitioner experience to add an extra dimension to his modules: arranging live mock trials with barristers; creating a film of a criminal mock trial , used to raise important evidential issues; and developing a coursework assessment in consultation with criminal barristers in which undergraduates draft counsel’s advice on evidence.
“I found this module to be so practical and hands-on in approach. I felt that I could almost reach out and touch the different aspects of the topics, mentally pick them up, turn them over and examine them! It was a bit like taking apart a motor engine and considering the different parts, then reassembling it all again…”
As well as being used in his own modules, one of Marc’s films formed part of a session on course design which he led on the Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education. It was also presented at internal teaching training sessions to encourage the development of authentic simulations in academic courses.
Marc has worked with the student body to provide pro bono opportunities for his students and organised competitions for mooting, criminal advocacy and client interviewing. In all these initiatives he has steered his students to success at university, national and international level.
Marc’s “outstanding commitment” has been recognised with the award of a National Teaching Fellowship for his work in the context of experiential learning and co-curricular activity; and the support of his students as individuals was highlighted by winning the ‘Above and Beyond the Call of Duty’ category in the Brookes Students Union Teaching Awards.
Marc has developed a national reputation for his work in the context of co-curricular mooting, courtroom advocacy and client interviewing, sitting on a number of advisory boards. His contribution to the student experience in the context of experiential learning has been recognised through the award of a number of fellowships.