Michael Fay is nominated as a finalist in the OUP Law Teacher of the Year Awards

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Posted on 02 February 2017

Michael Fay port 020217 Dr Michael Fay from the School of Law has been shortlisted for the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year Award 2017.  Michael is one of six finalists who were selected from an extremely strong pool of nominations, all of which were fully anonymised. 

The nomination and shortlisting is recognition of Michael’s strong commitment to teaching and consistently excellent feedback from students across a range of undergraduate and postgraduate modules.  Michael takes great care to consider the needs of his students, treats them as equals and values their ideas and contributions, which make them feel more confident in their own abilities.  He is a reflective innovator and has pioneered using multiple choice quizzes as a way of providing effective formative assessment opportunities to an unexpectedly large cohort of first-year students.  Michael’s commitment to student also goes beyond the classroom and he is the lead on introducing the Student Minds’ programme, ‘Looking after your Mate’, as part of a project to give Law students the knowledge, confidence and skills needed to support their peers encountering mental health issues.

Head of School Alison Brammer comments, ‘The OUP Law Teacher of the Year is a highly prestigious completion and Michael’s success in reaching the shortlist is well deserved recognition of his commitment to innovative and inspirational teaching’. The next stage is a visit from the judging panel to include teaching observation, interviews with students and colleagues, to gain a full understanding of candidates’ strengths. The 2017 winner will be announced at the second Celebrating Excellence in Law Teaching conference, to be held at Warwick University in June.