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City legal academic wins distinguished award

Professor of Legal Education, Nigel Duncan, accepts the Legal Journals Award 2015
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Professor of Legal Education in The City Law School, Nigel Duncan, has for many years edited the winner of the Legal Journals Award 2015, The Law Teacher: The International Journal of Legal Education. He accepted the award, as Consultant Editor, with Matthew Derbyshire, Managing Editor at Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Professor DuncanThe keenly contested Legal Journals Award 2015 – formerly known as the Serial Publication of the Year Award - was presented to the winners at the Annual Conference of the British and Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) in Brighton on 12th June. Professor Duncan is programme director of the LLM in Professional Legal Skills. His main teaching work is on the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) where he supervises the Free Representation Unit (FRU) option which involves students in representing real clients in the employment tribunals. The Law Teacher was selected by a judging panel which adjudicated on a range of titles spanning the legal education spectrum and was commended for “providing an important, foundational service to the teaching of the law as a discipline, successfully mixing theory and practice.”

For Professor Duncan, the award came as an unexpected surprise. He also said:

“It was wonderful to see a legal journal focussing on pedagogy winning this award. This is a reminder of the growing importance of research and scholarship into teaching and learning and an encouragement to all of us for whom the quality of student learning really matters.”

Congratulating Professor Duncan, Dean of The City Law School, Professor Carl Stychin, said:

“I was delighted to learn of the much deserved success of The Law Teacher in receiving this year’s Legal Journals Award. At The City Law School, we are very proud to be associated with the journal through the dedication of our colleague, Professor Nigel Duncan, its consultant editor. This award – which recognises excellence in publishing – is a fitting tribute to a leading outlet in the UK and internationally for research and scholarship in relation to legal education. The success of The Law Teacher is due, in no small measure, to Nigel’s sustained commitment to the theory and practice of legal education, which has also earned him the prestigious title of Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.”

The judging panel also remarked on the potential of The Law Teacher to add significant value to the work of the individual legal professional.

Higher Education Academy

The Higher Education Academy (HEA) is a British professional institution promoting excellence in higher education. It is jointly owned by Universities UK and GuildHE and is publicly funded. The HEA advocates evidence-based teaching methods and awards fellowships as a method of professional recognition for university teachers. The HEA is responsible for the UK Professional Standards Framework for higher education practitioners.

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