UCL professor named Law Teacher of the Year

A UCL law professor has been awarded the Law Teacher of the Year award by Oxford University Press (OUP).

Professor Jane Holder was found by a judging panel to best fulfil the following criteria:

  • Active interest in approaches to teaching which influence, inspire and motivate students
  • Commitment to development of students as individuals
  • Effective communicate and engagement skills
  • Involvement in scholarly activities which enhance students’ and colleagues’ learning

The four-strong judging panel visited each of the six shortlisted candidates to see them teaching and to interview their colleagues, heads of departments and students.

The other finalists were Paula Blakemore at Birkenhead Sixth Form College, Ama Eyo at Bangor University, Emily Finch from the University of Surrey, Esther McGuinness at Ulster University and Nick Taylor from the University of Leeds.

Holder said: “The Law Teacher of the Year award is so meaningful because you go through the process of really thinking about your teaching and it offers a valuable opportunity to learn from the other nominees.”

The outgoing Law Teacher of Year, University of Surrey professor Luke Mason, added that he had attended lectures as a student which “changed my life – they made me think about law, the world, and myself; I’ve never forgotten the skills those lecturers taught and inspired in me.”

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