Associate Professor named Law Teacher of the Year 2018

Lydia Bleasdale from the School of Law is officially the Law Teacher of the Year 2018.

Associate Professor, Lydia Bleasdale June 2018

The prestigious award, sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP), recognises the vital role teachers play in educating the next generation of lawyers as well as rewarding outstanding achievement in teaching. This year, six Law teachers from across the UK were shortlisted.

Speaking about her win Lydia said:

“I am absolutely delighted to have won this award. I wanted to win it as a way of saying thank you to the students and staff who were interviewed by the judging panel on the day that they visited campus, particularly to Professor Alastair Mullis: student education is taken incredibly seriously at the School of Law, and teaching excellence is really valued.

“My most recent research has focused upon the importance of communities and relationships. Innovation in education is very important, but I truly believe that what defines our students’ memories of their time at university is their relationships with friends and with staff. I was privileged to have my former personal tutor, now colleague, Professor Nick Taylor with me at the award ceremony. I did not have an easy introduction to studying Law, and without his tremendous support I would not have completed my degree. If you had told me at the start of my second year that I would one day win a national Law teaching award, I would never have believed you: it is in large part because of him that I was in a position to, so I wanted to win it for him.”

Commenting on Lydia's success, Professor Nick Taylor said: “Lydia cares. I don’t know if that is her ‘secret’ but she cares and that shines through in her teaching. She is a fabulous beacon of what the Law School at Leeds is about. I have known Lydia for 20 years. She has developed from a reluctant law student into the best of law teachers. It is a phenomenal and deserved achievement."

As Director of Community Engagement, not only has Lydia been an inspirational and engaging teacher, she has encouraged and supported hundreds of students through pro-bono and community engagement activities. These activities have received several awards over the years, all of which recognise the collaborative relationship between Lydia, the students and external supervisors to assist the local community.

Head of School Professor Alastair Mullis, praised Lydia for her hard work in building a strong school community: “We are so proud of her. It is a truly deserved win. She is an inspirational teacher who works hard to give her students the best possible education, as well as tirelessly working on our community engagement projects. She is an exceptional asset to the School.”

Read more about all the candidates on the OUP website.  

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