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Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize 2016 Shortlist

20 - 22 March 2016, Newcastle, United Kingdom

The short-listed candidates for the Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize 2016 have been announced and we are happy to share the entries nominated for winning the prize!

Overview of the Prize

The Teaching Law with Technology Prize recognizes, rewards and champions innovation in teaching and learning. The competition is open to all law teachers engaged in higher education in the UK, including those at private institutions. All prize entries were considered under the following criteria:

  • Demonstrating a use of technology that has influenced and enhanced learning
  • Demonstrating a use of technology that has improved student engagement and performance
  • Using technology to advance practical legal skills
  • Promoting technology within the department or in the context of a research study

Prize Committee

The prize will be judged by the Routledge/ALT committee, consisting of:

  • Caroline Strevens, Head of Law School, University of Portsmouth and ALT Committee Member
  • Emily Allbon, Lecturer in Legal Skills and Method, City University, London and Winner of the 2013 prize
  • Marie Hadaway, Head of Digital Publishing and Development, Routledge
  • Fiona Briden, Senior Publisher for Law, Routledge 

Christopher Bevan, Nottingham

About Chris

Chris Bevan joined the University of Nottingham School of Law in 2013 and wears two hats: first, as Assistant Professor in Property Law and, secondly, as Professional Skills Adviser in the School. Prior to this appointment, Chris practised as a common law barrister specialising in housing and family law. Chris also has experience as a Tutor on the Bar Professional Training Course and is passionate about maintaining strong connections with the world of legal practice. In 2015, Chris was awarded a prestigious Lord Dearing Award for outstanding achievement in enhancing the student learning experience in Higher Education.

THE LEGAL SKILLS PAGES

Chris Bevan has devised, designed and launched The Legal Skills Pages: an online legal skills gateway providing students at the University of Nottingham with an entirely online-delivered, technology-led, interactive resource hub. The aim of the ‘The Legal Skills Pages’ was to build a bespoke learning platform and destination for students to access a plethora of learning objects using a variety of multimedia to inject fun into the development of practical legal skills. The fundamental objective was to engage students in a learning environment that reached beyond traditional skills learning to create an innovative resource portal . . . a one-stop shop for all things legal, professional and employability skills-related.

Thomas Dunk, Hertfordshire

About Thomas

Thomas Dunk joined the University of Hertfordshire Law School in August 2015 as lecturer in Law, having previously worked as an associate lecturer and successfully completing a PhD at the University of Exeter. Thomas is currently module leader for the Land Law module, and also teaches on the core undergraduate modules in Constitutional and Administrative law, and Contract law. Thomas has also been leading on the development of the new BA in Politics and International Relations.

Thomas’s doctrinal thesis takes an evidence-based approach to examining the individual during the creation of international law. The project sets out three new categories of non-state actors, a model that recognises the contribution of individuals and their work within the international system. Thomas’s research interests include Public International law, Human Rights, Land Law and constitutional law. He is currently working on turning his PhD thesis into a monograph.

THE VIRTUAL TOWN

The teaching of Land Law at the University of Hertfordshire this year has been assisted by the use of the Virtual Town. This is a 3D model of a small town whereby land law concepts can be demonstrated to students to give them a better idea of what this legal concept would look like in the real world. This is important within land law as many students have never come across the concepts studied within the course. The 3D model has been fully integrated into the model questions used in lectures, skills based lecture and workshops which has allowed students to visualise the different legal concepts essential to the understanding and knowledge of land law, concepts such as an easement, a covenant, or boundary dispute

Victoria Gleason & Elaine Campbell, Northumbria

ELAINE CAMPBELL

About Elaine

Elaine Campbell joined Northumbria University as a Solicitor Tutor in 2011. Prior to this, Elaine trained at national law firm Dickinson Dees LLP (now Bond Dickinson LLP) and later worked at Sintons LLP as a commercial & intellectual property law specialist. Elaine works exclusively in the Student Law Office. She is Deputy Module Leader and the Solicitor Tutor responsible for the Business & Commercial Law Clinic. Elaine is a member of Northumbria’s Legal Education & Professional Skills research group (LEAPs). Her research focusses on clinical legal education, in particular the role of the supervisor and the rise of business law clinics in the UK.

VICTORIA GLEASON

About Victoria

Victoria Gleason joined Northumbria University as a Senior Lecturer in 2013. Before joining academia Victoria completed a training contract with a leading North East commercial firm of solicitors and worked in their corporate and banking team for a number of years. Victoria teaches on a range of undergraduate and postgraduate programmes within the Law and Business Faculty and she also supervises students undertaking commercial work within the award winning Student Law Office. In terms of her research, Victoria is interested in legal pedagogy and clinical legal education in particular and is a mmber of Northumbria’s Legal Education & Professional Skills research group (LEAPs). She also has an interest in company law with particular emphasis on corporate governance, social enterprise and Community Interest Companies.

WE TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS

We Take Care of Business is a multi-authored student blog established by the Business and Commercial clinic within the Student Law Office (SLO) at Northumbria University. The blog is designed to encourage student engagement and reflection and to help students develop a range of skills and attributes including commercial awareness. Students within the Business and Commercial clinic deliver legal advice to a wide range of businesses each year and these students are encouraged to contribute to the Blog on a voluntary basis, writing and collaborating on commercially-oriented topics as diverse as legal reforms, the importance of a law firm’s reputation and raising commercial awareness through TED talks. The Blog is student-led but the Clinic Staff act as facilitators, ready to discuss ideas and edit the posts where necessary to ensure the content produced is appropriate and accurate. To date the Blog has received over 2,700 views from individuals in over 40 different countries worldwide.

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