Prize for research exploring law student perceptions of PhD tutors

Three graduate teaching assistants, Vicki Ball, Arwen Joyce and Charlotte Mills, were awarded a prize for best joint paper at the 2019 Association of Law Teachers’ annual conference.
Prize for research exploring law student perceptions of PhD tutors

Arwen Joyce, Vicki Ball and Charlotte Mills

Vicki, Arwen and Charlotte presented a paper titled ‘Undergraduate Law Students’ Perceptions of PhD Tutors: A Pilot Study’ at the annual conference of the Association of Law Teachers on 8 April 2019. They were awarded the Chris Gale Memorial Prize for Best Joint Paper by the Association of Law Teachers and the Committee of Heads of UK Law Schools in memory of Chris Gale.

The empirical research examined undergraduate law students’ perceptions of small-group teaching delivered by PhD tutors. Data was collected from students using an online questionnaire and small focus groups with the results culminating in a ‘best practice’ teaching guide for current and aspiring PhD tutors. The paper was also presented at the Socio-Legal Studies Annual Conference in April. Vicki, Arwen and Charlotte are planning to publish the first half of their results and then conduct another round of focus groups to collect additional data in the next academic year.

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