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Westminster professor takes home law teaching prize

Professor Lisa Webley of the University of Westminster has been named Law Teacher of the Year 2016, fending off strong competition from lecturers from Bangor, Leicester, Nottingham Trent, Oxford, and Sheffield Hallam.

The prestigious national award, which is sponsored by Oxford University Press, was presented at the end of the inaugural Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference held in Oxford on Friday 1 July 2016.

Lisa is Professor of Empirical Legal Studies at Westminster Law School, and particularly impressed the judges with the way she weaves skills education into her teaching.

The six finalists shared a stage during a panel session at the conference attended by over 70 law academics, to explain their differing approaches to teaching and give delegates the chance to see exactly why they were nominated.

Accepting the award, Lisa said “this has been a wonderful opportunity to reflect on why we [teachers] do what we do, what we want to achieve, and what we stand for”. She also gave a special thanks to her colleagues and the Head at Westminster Law School for their openness to experimentation and creativity in teaching.

The five other finalists were:

  • Jo Boylan-Kemp, Nottingham Trent University
  • Steve Evans, University of Leicester
  • Lucinda Ferguson, University of Oxford
  • Yvonne McDermott Rees, Bangor University
  • Jennifer Sloan, Sheffield Hallam University

All images by Simon Halliday for Oxford University Press. Used with permission.

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