National Teaching Fellow 2013
When Emily Allbon joined City University London in 2000, the combination of teaching new undergraduates on a term one module, Legal Method, and having an office right in the heart of the law library, meant that she fast gained an insight into the challenges students faced.
Emily is unique in the way she combines her traditional skillset to meet very modern demands, engaging students with her innovative creation: the Lawbore website. Boasting over 2000 unique visitors a day, Lawbore is the place to go for law students wanting to find resources and online tutorials to support their learning. Passionate about bringing the fun to study, she works where possible in collaboration with a diverse set of students, getting them involved in creating learning materials and writing about their experiences. She realised how far she had come when the student representative attending the National Law Student Forum in June 2012 emailed excitedly on his return:
“…when the students knew I was representing City University they couldn’t stop talking about Lawbore. Words can’t describe how happy I was to see students outside our university talk about it and use it. I couldn’t but explain to you how thankful I am of you, and all that effort we see you put-in, pays off.”
Her role has seen her make significant contributions to her institution, and also influence the ways law students learn foundation skills nationwide. Her work has inspired not only librarians from the UK and abroad, but also law teachers: with her paper at the British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association (BILETA) Conference in 2012 named by the HEA ‘Best paper in legal education and technology’.
In March 2013 Emily’s work with a colleague creating the Learnmore part of Lawbore was awarded the inaugural Routledge/Association of Law Teachers (ALT) Teaching Law with Technology Prize.
Emily has been recognised for her work both by her institution and nationally via her profession, named Wildy/British & Irish Association of Law Librarians (BIALL) Law Librarian of the Year 2012. Feedback included:
“…their commitment and work has really been responsible for bringing together the law school as a community…This person is perceived as someone who can change things, by students, and who can work collaboratively with the students to create resources for the wider world”.
City University London