Dr Steve Montagu-Cairns wins 2023 University of Leeds Teaching Award

The awards celebrate excellent practice in student education, as well as the work and innovation of colleagues to deliver high-quality teaching and learning at Leeds.

The School of Law’s Dr Steve Montagu-Cairns has won a University of Leeds Teaching Award for Sustained Excellence.   

The panel of judges was incredibly impressed by the level of applications received and the impact demonstrated by colleagues. Both individual and collaborative innovation and contribution has been recognised in this year’s awards, with applications received from across the University.  

It’s really humbling to receive such an award. One of the biggest factors that drew me to joining Leeds was the university wide commitment to scholarship. <br><br>Whether that be at an institutional level through the Curriculum Redefined project, or more locally with amazing research, scholarship and innovation networks like CIRLE and LITE. <br><br>Having this support to draw upon has given me the freedom to pursue my own innovative agenda to relative success and has reaffirmed for me that Leeds is a special place dedicated to improving the student journey. Thank you very much! 


Professor Jeff Grabill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Student Education, said: “I’m delighted to congratulate the winners of our 2023 University of Leeds Teaching Awards. These awards provide us with the opportunity to identify and recognise individual and collaborative excellence in student education”. 

Dr Steve Montagu-Cairns is a multi-award-winning academic who specialises in financial regulation, corporate governance and prevention of financial crime within multinational corporate entities. He joined the University of Leeds in 2018 as a Lecturer in Finance and Corporate Law and is both the Digital Education Academic Lead for the School of Law and Co-deputy director of the Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education. Steve has a passion for innovative pedagogy within legal education and is committed to liberating legal pedagogy from outdated methods that have led to an impersonal, uninspiring and disjointed learning experience for the modern student. 

Visit the University of Leeds website and read more about all the 2023 University of Leeds Teaching Award Winners.