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Behind-the-scenes at the UK Law Teacher of the Year Award

Professor Jane Holder of University College London has been named UK Law Teacher of the Year 2015. The prestigious national teaching award, which is sponsored by Oxford University Press, was presented at a lunch event held on Friday, 27 February 2015.

Jane Holder is a professor of environmental law at University College London (UCL) and impressed the judges with her innovative teaching and real-world impact to win the £3,000 prize money. All six finalists for the award were present at the awards event, along with the four members of the judging panel and last year’s winner Luke Mason. On being presented with the award, Holder thanked her mother and husband for their support, and went on to explain how being shortlisted for the award had made her think critically about teaching. “The Law Teacher of the Year award is so meaningful because you go through the process of really thinking about your teaching – both the good bits, and the bits that can be improved – and it offers a valuable opportunity to learn from the other nominees”.

The other finalists were:

  • Paula Blakemore, Birkenhead Sixth Form College
  • Ama Eyo, Bangor University
  • Emily Finch, University of Surrey
  • Esther McGuinness, Ulster University
  • Nick Taylor, University of Leeds

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