Surrey academic named Law Teacher of the Year 2014
School of Law lecturer Luke Mason wins renowned national teaching award.
Luke Mason, Associate Lecturer in Jurisprudence at the School of Law, has been named Law Teacher of the Year 2014. The award, sponsored by Oxford University Press (OUP) and accompanied by £3,000 prize money, was presented at a specially organised recent event.
Following a record number of nominations for the award and an extensive judging process, Luke had been shortlisted for the award along with five other candidates. OUP judges visited the University for their final assessments, interviewing students and fellow academic staff, and observing and filming one of Luke’s seminars.
“I am truly astonished to win this fantastic award”, said Luke. “The brilliance of the other candidates was awe-inspiring, and I was happy simply to be in their company.
“During my own legal education I had the privilege of being taught by numerous outstanding teachers, and I am very much indebted to them. More than anything, however, this award is a great reflection of the student body at the School of Law, which has demonstrated its enthusiasm for a legal education which is complex, interactive, demanding and critical.
“Students at Surrey continue to react overwhelmingly positively to the expectation that they should interact with difficult concepts and ideas.”
Praised for his use of ‘popular and engaging topics’ in his teaching, Luke uses examples from film, music, theatre and sport to redefine complex legal subjects and fuel debate among students. The OUP panel recognised the ‘creativity, inspiration, and quality’ of Luke’s work, as well as ‘an indefinable spark’ that set him apart from his peers.
Luke convenes two popular modules on jurisprudence (available to undergraduates studying Law, Law with Criminology and Law with International Studies), as well as a postgraduate module on European Union (EU) employment law and social policy. His research focuses on legal philosophy, law and social theory, social policy, labour law and the law of the EU. He is also interested in the nature and acquisition of legal knowledge, and questions of legal education policy more generally. Luke has previously acted as a government advisor on matters of labour migration policy.