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Law Teacher of the Year award for University lecturer

Karen Devine with her awardOxford University Press ‘Law Teacher of the Year’ award 2012 for lecturer at Kent Law School.

Dr Karen Devine from Kent Law School (KLS) has been named Law Teacher of the Year 2012.

The £3000 award - sponsored by Oxford University Press - is a national award aimed at recognising the vital role that teachers play in the education of tomorrow's lawyers and rewarding achievement in teaching. Since its launch in 2004, the success of the award has relied on those that know the candidates best - teachers and students - to send in their nominations. Shortlisted candidates were selected on the basis of criteria which included the need to display an active interest in the development of teaching that influences, motivates and inspires students to learn, and to demonstrate commitment to and support for the development of students as individuals.

Dr Devine joined the University of Kent as a lecturer in September 2010, having previously been an Access student, an undergraduate student and a PhD student in KLS (she is the only person known to have completed her entire legal education at Kent). Her research interests lie primarily in the area of medical law and ethics, particularly in the removal, use and storage of bodily materials and the legal obligations that this may generate. Other interests lie within clinical negligence, the law of consent and the law of tort more generally. She is also Undergraduate Study Skills Co-ordinator for Law at the University's Medway campus and personal tutor to stage two and three Medway students.

Professor Rosemary Hunter, Acting Head of Kent Law School, said: 'On behalf of all the staff and students at Kent Law School, I congratulate Karen on this very well-deserved award. Karen is a valued member of the School who has worked tirelessly to support, encourage and inspire her students. This award is a very fitting recognition for all of her efforts.'

Dr Devine commented: ‘I am extremely honoured to be chosen as Law Teacher of the Year amongst such wonderful shortlisted candidates and to have had the opportunity to showcase Kent Law School. This was very much a team effort - from the fantastic staff that have taught and inspired me over the years, and to my students past and present; particularly those at the Medway campus who fed into the judging process. They really did me proud. This is the third consecutive year that a teacher from Kent has reached the final and it is an unbelievable privilege to "bring the trophy home" at last.'


Story published at 11:48am 22 February 2012

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