I am Head of Department of Portsmouth Law School in the Faculty of Business and Law. I am also a Reader in Legal Education, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and Chair of the Association of Law Teachers.
I am investigating how principles of positive psychology may influence the well-being of staff and students in Higher Education and my current interest lies in the link between well-being and ethics and in the recent High Court decision in the Solicitors Regulation Authority v James and its implications.
I am currently co-leading an international research team that is gathering and analysing the perceptions of well-being of academic staff in Law Schools in order to understand more about the current social contexts in HE and ensure support for improved student well-being can be provided without this being at the expense of staff well-being.
I am a member of the executive committee for the Legal Education Research Network (LERN), a Member of Advisory Board at the Centre for Professional Legal Education, Bond University, and a Visiting Fellow University of Northumbria.
I was admitted as a Solicitor of the Supreme Court in 1981 and worked in private practice for 15 years. I joined the University of Portsmouth in 2001 as a Senior Lecturer tasked with the development and accreditation of a suite of qualifying Law Degrees. I was appointed Head as the Department was formed in 2008 and remain so.
I was appointed as a Reader in Legal Education at the University of Portsmouth in 2015. I have just completed a new book entitled Educating for Well-Being in Law: Positive Professional Identities and Practice to be published by Routledge later this summer jointly edited with Professor Rachael Field.
I am interested in research that provides people with a means to help themselves. My research concerns primarily issues of well-being and motivation in legal education and practice.
My current research interests include:
- The promotion of work life balance in University Law Schools
- Intentional curriculum design for well-being in Law Students
- Understanding how coaching supports a positive response to rejection in the workplace
- Sleep disturbance, mental health, wellbeing and educational impact in UK university students
- the link between well-being and ethics and in the recent High Court decision in the Solicitors Regulation Authority v James and its implications.