I am a lecturer at Derby Law School.
I have been teaching for the last 6 years. My first experience as a lecturer came during my time at University where, as an undergraduate law student, I set up and ran a tutoring service for first and second year law students. These sessions focussed predominantly on Contract Law, Land Law, Tort Law and Legal Skills.
After finishing my Undergraduate degree, and during my Masters, I was employed as an hourly paid lecturer by the University of Salford, teaching law to Law and Accounting students. Here I taught the Law of Contract, Tort, and English Legal Process to a group of around 130 business and accounting students.
Additionally since 2014, I have been working as a Graduate Teaching Assistant and seminar leader at the University of Leeds, taking European Union Law seminars for level 5, and Equity and Trusts seminars for level 6.
In September 2015 I began working as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Derby, taking Equity and Successions tutorials. I have been a full time lecturer at Derby University since January 2017, when I became module leader for the level 5 module Land Law. I also became a personal tutor for students across all three year groups.
In September 2017, I taught Land Law to Level 5 students and Equity and Successions to Level 6 students. I also assisted with Intellectual Property Law and acted as stage tutor for Year 3.
Over the last few years, I have had an increased role with regards to employability within Derby Law School; organising and running the Derby Law School Career Pathway Scheme and Step Programme. In particular, I am the editor of the Derby Law School Career Blog.
During my time at the University of Derby I have taught on the Undergraduate module Equity and Successions, as well as on the Postgraduate module National and International Sale of Goods.
At present I am the module leader for two module on the LLB (Hons.) Law/LLB (Hons.) Law with Criminology, namely:
- Land Law
- Equity & Successions
I also assist with the teaching of:
- Intellectual Property Law
My research interests lie predominantly in the field of Intellectual Property Law, specifically focussing on the regulation of the modern functions of trade marks. Whilst recognising the positive justifications for protecting the modern functions of trade marks, specifically their abilities to advertise, communicate and gain a reputation, it is also important to recognise the more negative 'dangerous' applications of these functions. In particular, my research makes use of an analysis of packaging legislation for tobacco products as a case study to illustrate the impact and the current approaches to dealing with 'dangerous' modern functions. Ultimately, my research calls for reform of the trade mark registration process, specifically reform which requires consideration of the likely impact of modern functions on society within the registration criteria.
I am also interested in pedagogical research, in particular research which looks into enhancing students employability. I am currently piloting a new system for employability for Derby Law School and look forward to writing about this in the future. In addition, I am currently working in conjunction with Tim Marangon on his project relating to effective assessment and feedback practices.
I have recently presented at the following conferences:
- Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Derby
- Student Experience Conference, University of Derby