Tuesday 31 January 2017

Teaching excellence recognised with Law Teacher of the Year nomination

Matthew Homewood
Matthew Homewood is nominated for a prestigious teaching award

Matthew is a talented and innovative teacher who makes a real difference to students' learning.
Dean of Nottingham Law School, Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker

Exceptional and innovative teaching by a Nottingham Law School lecturer has led to a nomination for the Law Teacher of the Year Award 2017.

Matthew Homewood, acting head of Postgraduate Programmes, has joined a list of six finalists who have moved onto the final stage of the awards, which recognise excellence in law schools up and down the country. 

Nominations were submitted by students and colleagues to highlight high standards of teaching and to recognise staff who make an exceptional contribution to legal education.

Nominees for the award, which is sponsored by Oxford University Press, undergo a rigorous judging process. This involves a visit to Nottingham Law School to observe Matthew’s teaching and to conduct thorough interviews with his students, colleagues, heads of departments, and Matthew himself, to gain a full understanding of his strengths.

All the teachers are judged against three criteria: displays an approach to teaching that engages, motivates and inspires students; demonstrates commitment to the development and support of their students as individuals; and uses involvement in research or other academic activities to enhance students’ learning.

Matthew was also recently honoured with a National Teaching Fellowship for his use of technology in teaching, including driving forward the use of technology in the curriculum and developing initiatives which have made a real difference to the student experience.

Matthew said: “I am delighted to be shortlisted for such a prestigious award and look forward to the panel’s visit to share my approach to teaching.”

Dean of Nottingham Law School, Professor Janine Griffiths-Baker, added: “This nomination is very well-deserved. Matthew is a talented teacher who not only makes a real impact on his students, but strives to share best practice among colleagues.”

Nottingham Law School, part of Nottingham Trent University, was named Legal Education Provider of the Year 2016 by Solicitors Journal and also boasts an award-winning Legal Advice Centre.

The 2017 Law Teacher of the Year winner will be announced at the second Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference, to be held at the University of Warwick on Thursday 29 June.

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The Law Teacher of the Year judging panel consists of:-

•         Alison Bone, Principal Lecturer, University of Brighton

•         Alastair Hudson, Professor of Equity and Finance Law, University of Exeter

•         Marianne Lightowler, Head of Higher Education Marketing, Oxford University Press

•         Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos, Professor of Law and Theory, University of Westminster

For further information about the Law Teacher of the Year Award or the Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference contact: Robyn Hewett, Marketing Executive, Oxford University Press, via email

Details of all the previous finalists and winners of the Law Teacher of the Year Award can be found online

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