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Ms Cheryl Buck


I am a Senior Lecturer in Law, specialising in English legal systems and tort law. I am also a Level 5 Personal Tutor and Assistant to the Associate Head. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

After studying law at undergraduate and postgraduate level at the University of Portsmouth, I became a Lecturer here in 2012. I will shortly be commencing my doctoral studies.

I have a particular interest in our students' experience on their course and in their wellbeing; my mental health training enables me to signpost students to the right providers of support if needed. I am also trained in first aid.


I studied at the University of Portsmouth from 2007 to 2010 for my Bachelor of Laws (Law and European Studies) degree, followed in 2011/12 by my Master’s in Law and Corporate Governance, which enabled me to become a member of The Chartered Governance Institute.

I began part-time lecturing in law at the University in 2012, progressing to full-time Senior Lecturer in 2015. I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018.

I presented at the Association of Learning Technology's conferences in 2016 at Northumbria University and in 2017 at Portsmouth, when I was a member of the School of Law's organising committee.

Research Interests

My current interests focus on the contentious issues surrounding privacy and freedom of expression on the Internet and the associated information technology law.

My PhD research will cover privacy law, data protection and child's law in terms of risk.

More generally, in the course of my role I carry out research into legal education; in particular, I examine course feedback so that we continue to respond positively to our students’ needs in terms of teaching methods and support. I have undertaken training to recognise mental health issues and where necessary I am able to point students to appropriate sources of advice. I gained a certificate in first aid at the University in September 2019.

Teaching Responsibilities

I coordinate and teach on Tort Law modules at Levels 4 and 5 and on English Legal Systems at Level 4.

I have taught on a range of additional modules including Business, Employment, Intellectual Property, and Medical Law. At postgraduate level I have taught on the Legal Approach To Business unit.

I supervise final year students who are completing legal projects and dissertations. I am an overall tutor for Level 5 students and I look after personal tutees at Levels 4 and 5.

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