Christina Walton

Nominated for Best Lecturer

Research-inspired learning

Name Christina Walton
Position Lecturer in Property Law
College College of Social Sciences and International Studies

Engaging and supporting students

Christina is a Lecturer in Property Law, with a focus on Land and Trusts Law. Christina’s passion for teaching and her subject is reflected in her nomination at the Teaching Awards 2015 for Best Lecturer. Keen for her students to actively engage with lectures, Christina encourages her students to critically examine and reflect upon material discussed:

“I think it’s very important for students [at University] to become active learners…[at] secondary school…it’s slightly more spoon-fed, whereas when we get to University we expect you to be more active and independent as a learner. So we try…and encourage that and assist that through lectures by leaving some issues unresolved…pointing out to students there is a debate to be had in one area or another and asking them to think about it, and come up with their own views”.

Inspiring students through Research Uncovered

An active researcher, Christina is also currently exploring Charity Law, and drew this into her recent Research Uncovered lecture on “The Ability of ‘Political’ Trusts to Achieve Charitable Status”. Research Uncovered is an initiative which provides a platform to share world-leading research with students, staff and the local community through student nominations. Drawing upon her recent research papers’ focus on whether political organisations can achieve charitable status and the impacts of this, Christina is keen to inspire and engage students both within and beyond her discipline with cutting-edge research.

Aim 3: Research-inspired, inquiry-led learning
To extend the opportunities for students to learn in innovative ways through their own research and inquiry