Head of School's Award for Excellence in Teaching and Supporting Student Learning 2013

Posted on Friday 3rd May 2013
Drawing of Birmingham lecturer Martin George by one of his students, Elen Russell

An undergraduate law student, Elen Russell, draws Martin George.

Each year Birmingham Law School invites students to nominate members of staff for the Head of School’s Award for Excellence in Teaching or Supporting Student Learning. The award is intended to reward staff and raise the profile of learning and teaching activity throughout the University. Nominations can be made for anyone in the School who supports student learning. The winner also receives £500.

The winner of the 2013 award is Martin George, Lecturer in Law at Birmingham Law School and Deputy Director of the Holdsworth Club. Martin is the Module Leader for Land Law on the undergraduate LLB programme, and Commercial Conflict of Laws on the postgraduate LLM course. Nominations for Martin cited his ‘enjoyable, thought-provoking and imaginative lectures’, that ‘he is genuinely happy to help and cares about his students’ success’, and ‘his use of technology, particularly social media, to promote student interaction and intellectual engagement.’ He is described as ‘inspiring, quirky and interactive’, ‘brilliant’, and ‘a fantastic lecturer whose views and arguments are easy to follow.’

Martin George: ‘There has never been greater emphasis on the quality of teaching in higher education, and investment in the students’ experience is vital if universities are to flourish in the new funding and fees regimes. The University very much supports members of staff in delivering this, and I am privileged to be part of a first-rate Law School which cares deeply about students.