Aston lecturer shortlisted for law teacher of the year

Odette Hutchinson

21 January 2013

An Aston University senior lecturer has been named as a finalist in the prestigious Law Teacher of the Year Award 2013.

Odette Hutchinson, course director for the Graduate Diploma in Law, is one of only six academics in the UK to be shortlisted for the Award, which is sponsored by Oxford University Press. 

This national award aims to recognise the vital role that teachers play in the education of lawyers and rewards outstanding teaching.  The teachers have been judged on their approaches to inspirational teaching, commitment to student support, effective and engaging communication and involvement in extracurricular activities that enhance the learning of students and colleagues. The award is the only one of its kind in the UK set up specifically to reward outstanding law teaching.

Speaking about her nomination Odette, who teaches criminal law and business ethics said; I’m really humbled to have been nominated for such a prestigious award. I’m extremely fortunate to work with a group of outstanding academics teaching fantastic highly motivated students.  Aston has a wonderful culture that embraces passionate and innovative teachers.”

Professor Jill Poole, Head of Aston Law and Deputy Dean of Aston Business School said:
Odette has been an invaluable source of support and inspiration for students and colleagues. She is always the first to volunteer, whether it is running open days, AimHigher, marketing liaison, sustainability, strategy team and the list could go on. Odette is always looking to find new and improved ways of delivering and enhancing the student experience.”

Odette’s commitment to teaching has been reflected in her appointment to the role of Teaching Champion for Aston Business School.  In 2010 Odette received the Inspiration and Innovation Award and the award of Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the Aston Excellence Awards in 2011. 

Aston Law comprises a specialist group of academics based at the internationally acclaimed Aston Business School. Aston has a record for outstanding teaching and a proven track record of providing commercially intelligent legal education.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony held in Oxford in March 2013.

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