Director of Swansea Law Clinic recognised for Teaching Excellence

Director of Swansea Law Clinic, Professor Richard Owen, has been named as a National Teaching Fellow for his dedication and commitment to teaching and training the next generation of lawyers.

Richard Owen SmallerThe prestigious fellowship, which is organised and run by Advance HE, is awarded annually to individuals in higher education whose innovative teaching methods have a positive impact on both their institutions and student experience.

Professor Owen is at the forefront of experiential learning in his role at the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law. Bridging the gap between academia and legal practice, he leads the award-winning Law Clinic by empowering law students to give pro-bono legal advice to members of the local community. This allows them to gain practical experience with real-life clients whilst being a force for good for those in need of legal advice. The Swansea Law Clinic, which is embedded in the local community, works in partnership with a range of organisations, which include; a cancer charity, a food bank, a prison, a mental health charity and a local court.

Professor Owen inspires his students to engage with the major challenges society currently faces such as access to justice, climate change and inequalities. He believes that the knowledge gained working at the Clinic enables students to develop innovative solutions to these challenges, whilst enhancing their critical thinking and soft skills through their interactions with clients.

‌Speaking about his recognition, Professor Owen said: “I am honoured to have been made a National Teaching Fellow. The Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law is committed to practice and research-led teaching, which has given me the opportunity to work with supportive colleagues in order to develop my teaching practice. 

“It has also given me great pleasure to see how the students have responded to the challenges of assisting clients who are often in great need of legal advice. My proudest moment was delivering evidence to the Welsh Assembly alongside my students to explain how in their view the law in Wales could be made more accessible.”

Head of the Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law, Professor Elwen Evans QC, said: “Clinical legal education is an important part of the School’s approach to the study of law, providing our students with opportunities to acquire practical, high-level skills alongside their studies. I am delighted that Professor Owen’s commitment to teaching has been recognised in this way.”

Professor Owen, along with the other newly appointed Fellows and the 15 teams who won a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence will now work with Advance HE to develop ways of sharing their best practice across the sector.

Professor Owen will join the other winners at a special ceremony, which will held in Manchester in October.

National Teaching Fellow 2019 Badge