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The Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize 2013

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Routledge and the Association of Law Teachers are delighted to announce the shortlist for the inaugural Teaching Law with Technology Prize in order to recognize, reward and champion innovation in teaching and learning. The standard of entries has been exceptionally high and showcases the high-quality of law teaching in the UK. The winner will be announced at the ALT annual conference. Read on for details of shortlisted candidates

All entries for the Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize have been considered under the following criteria:

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

By a Routledge/ALT judging panel made up of:

  • Rebecca Huxley Binns, Honorary Secretary ALT
  • Chris Ashford, ALT Committee
  • David Cox, Head of Digital Publishing and Development, Routledge
  • Emma Nugent, Commissioning Editor, Routledge Law


The shortlisted nominees are:

Kim Blackie

Kim Blackie – Northumbria School of LawKim (Solicitor, LLB) joined the School of Law at Northumbra University in 1999. Kim previously worked as a solicitor in private practice in London specialising in commercial litigation. She is currently Principal Lecturer, with a cross-faculty responsibility for teaching and learning.

Kim teaches litigation on the undergraduate Tort, Litigation and Evidence module and is module tutor on the Legal Practice Course Commercial Route, Civil Litigation module.

Kim’s research interests relate to Learning and Teaching and Dispute Resolution. She is co-author of Blackie, K. (2012) Civil Litigation in Practice, Twelfth Edition, Northumbria Law Press.

Kim is currently working with a team of staff from the Law School and the University’s Learning and Teaching Technical Support Unit to to create some new accessible, intuitive and high quality electronic resources to support student learning. She was recently shortlisted for the prestigious “Law Teacher of the Year” award.

Odette Hutchinson

Odette Hutchinson – Aston Business SchoolOdette Hutchinson is a Senior Lecturer in Law and the Technology Teaching Champion at Aston Business School in Birmingham. Odette has teaching and research interests in criminal law, business ethics and teaching and learning innovation. Odette is motivated by a desire to enhance the learning and teaching experience for students and teachers, frequently looking beyond the boundaries of her role to do so.

In 2010, in recognition of her innovative teaching and its transformative impact on the student experience, Odette received an Innovation and Inspiration Award from Aston Business School (ABS). A year later in recognition of her outstanding contribution to teaching and learning, she received The Aston Excellence Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year. In 2013 she was awarded the prestigious Law Teacher of the Year Award.

Odette uses technology to personalise the learning experience and to support the development of practical legal skills. This approach is appreciated by her students, one of whom commented that she has an "exceptionally good teaching style and is a role model for young professional females".

Emily Allbon and Sanmeet Kaur-Dua

Emily Allbon – City UniversitySanmeet Kaur-Dua – City UniversityEmily is law librarian at City University, beginning her role there in 2000. She created the Lawbore website in 2002 which is used by law students from the UK and beyond. She is currently undertaking an MA in Academic Practice, and teaches on the Legal Method module along with Sanmeet. Emily has been recognised for several awards over the past few years, both at City and externally; last year from the HEA for the Best Legal Education and Technology Paper at the BILETA conference and was named BIALL/Wildy Law Librarian of the Year.

Sanmeet is a lecturer in law at City University, after previously teaching at Queen Mary. She was called to the Bar (Middle Temple) in 2004 and in 2008 she was awarded an LL.M. in Competition Law by University College London (UCL). She teaches Legal Method, Contract Law, Tort Law and Competition Law across the LLB, GELLB, GDL and LLM programmes. Her research interests focus on Legal Education, State Aid Law and Competition Law.

Emily and Sanmeet worked together on the redevelopment of Learnmore (part of Lawbore - City University's law portal helping students get deeper into the subject through a range of innovative features) in 2010 and continue to move forward with the site and related projects, including the Learnmore app.


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