University of Sussex law lecturer Dr Verona Ní Drisceoil says she is “delighted and honoured to represent Sussex” after being shortlisted for a prestigious teaching award.
Dr Ní Drisceoil, who teaches across a number of law modules at Sussex Law School, has been chosen as one of just six finalists for the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year Award 2018.
The winner of a number of University of Sussex teaching awards – including one in 2015-16 for Innovation in Teaching – Dr Ní Drisceoil says her teaching is underpinned by “a desire to reach out, to make a connection, to inspire and to create an environment where students can engage, challenge, critique and question”.
She adds: “My approach to teaching speaks to the values, skills and strengths that are instinctive, true and personal to me. It epitomises who I am, and what I stand for.”
Dr Ní Drisceoil believes she has become a better teacher partly as a result of her role as Widening Participation Convenor for Law, which involves delivering bespoke law sessions for pre-university students. These sessions are about subject enrichment, breaking down barriers and encouraging all young people to become who they are capable of becoming. “In this role, I enjoy nothing more than to see students develop and grow in confidence,” she says.