Teaching - School of Law - University of Canterbury - New Zealand

Teaching Medal

The University of Canterbury Teaching Medal is awarded in recognition of an outstanding and sustained contribution to teaching in the University. The Teaching Medal is the University's highest award for teaching excellence.

Nominations normally open in January with an awards ceremony held later in the year.

2015 Teaching Medal

Professor Ursula Cheer

Professor Ursula Cheer

Professor Ursula Cheer, an expert in media law and defamation, was awarded the University’s highest accolade for teaching, a University Teaching Medal in 2015.

Professor Cheer was described by the panel as an exceptional teacher who is clearly committed to making law accessible and enjoyable for her students. Despite teaching large classes, her students talk of her approachability and her passion and enthusiasm for teaching. She actively engages her students in class with innovative teaching strategies which challenge them to achieve their best. Alongside this, she is also a nationally recognised leader in research in law teaching pedagogy and is known within the Law School as a conscientious mentor of junior staff. She is a regular contributor to national television and radio, putting her research and teaching of media law in the spotlight whilst raising the University’s profile.

Professor Cheer's staff profile (School of Law website).

Professor Cheer's research profile (UC SPARK)

Previous teaching medal winners from the School of Law

Year UC Teaching Medal

Professor John Burrows
School of Law