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Setting students on path to success: University lecturers awarded for new law resource

Setting the bar high at the University of Southern Queensland.

Two University of Southern Queensland law educators have been ruled top of their class at the annual Australian Legal Education Awards for their work in strengthening academic integrity.

Associate Professor Kerstin Braun and Professor Noeleen McNamara were named recipients of the national 2021 Excellence in Teaching award, for developing resources which provided students with a clear understanding of academic misconduct.

“It’s been such an honour to receive this award,” Dr Braun said.

“There were many quality nominations so we were delighted that ours was the winner.

“Receiving this award shows how dedicated we are to improving the first year law school experience.”

Dr McNamara said as part of the learning, law students were introduced to examples of academic integrity breaches, such as plagiarism and contract cheating, and worked through case studies to help build their understanding.

“It is important to educate our students on the topic and it helps to build awareness around the requirements for this career path,” Dr McNamara said.

“It also encourages students to think about their future employment options, so they can be better prepared for these opportunities when they come about.”

Adding to their list of accolades, Dr Braun and Dr McNamara also received a 2020 Australian Award for University Teaching Citation at the start of the year, for their outstanding contributions to law student learning.

Dr Braun said the pair’s future plan is to continue to develop strategies to help students with their transition into University.

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University of Southern Queensland Professor Noeleen McNamara (left) and Associate Professor Kerstin Braun have been recognised for their work in law education.