National Teaching Fellowship accolade for Brookes Lecturer

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Marc Howe

An Oxford Brookes academic has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy (HEA); the most prestigious award for excellence in higher education teaching and support for learning.

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer (Student Experience) and University Teaching Fellow at Oxford Brookes, has been recognised for his teaching values and approach to law education. 

Marc’s desire to bring the study of law to life is evident in his commitment to experiential learning. His teaching seeks to bridge the academic and the professional in the context of the curriculum and extra-curricular activity. 

Marc has designed an undergraduate skills module around simulation and experiential learning, organises university mooting and client interviewing competitions and coaches student teams for national and international competitions. In recent years he has coached the winners of the English-Speaking Union Essex Court Chambers National Mooting Competition, Commonwealth Mooting Competition, Oxford Inter-Varsity Mooting Challenge, and Inner Temple Inter-Varsity Mooting Competition. His University Teaching Fellowship projects have involved producing mooting and interviewing films as an open learning and teaching resource. 

I feel honoured and privileged to receive this award, which recognises the central importance of learning and teaching in higher education.

Marc Howe, Principal Lecturer and University Teaching Fellow at Oxford Brookes University

While Marc has overseen the Brookes School of Law Pro Bono Scheme, its student directors have been twice shortlisted for the Attorney General’s National Student Pro Bono Awards for ‘Best Contribution by an Individual Student’. He organises an annual undergraduate research conference, has contributed to the Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference and has been nominated twice for the Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year Awards. 

His students have also acknowledged Marc’s excellence in teaching and for significantly enhancing the student experience by awarding him the winning spot in the ‘Above and Beyond the Call of Duty’ category in the annual Brookes Union Teaching Awards.

Commenting on his award, Marc said: “I feel honoured and privileged to receive this award, which recognises the central importance of learning and teaching in higher education."

Prior to his current role within the Oxford Brookes School of Law, Marc was a Principal Lecturer in Litigation at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice and is a former practising solicitor. He has also taught English at secondary level. 

Professor Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA said: “The National Teaching Fellowship Scheme celebrates outstanding achievement in learning and teaching in higher education. Each year when I read about our new National Teaching Fellows what stands out for me are the comments made by their students who describe them as innovative, engaging, entertaining, genuine and passionate about teaching. This year is no exception. The new 2015 National Teaching Fellow we honour today are truly deserving of the award.

“Receiving a National Teaching Fellowship is just the beginning. They are an active community of passionate and enthusiastic professionals, working to enhance learning and teaching in their institutions and the sector. I’m delighted and honoured that the HEA manages such a valued, peer review-based scheme to recognise the very best in higher education teaching.”

The successful National Teaching Fellows (NFTS) were chosen from nominations submitted by higher education institutions across England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Each successful NFT will receive £10,000 which will be used to support their professional development in teaching and learning of aspects of pedagogy. 

The awards will formally be presented at a celebration event in October. 

This is the ninth National Teaching Fellowship to be given to those working at Oxford Brookes in the past seven years.

More information about the National Teaching Fellowship Scheme is available on the HEA website