Law Update: June 2014

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HEA Social Sciences conference  

picture of fourm venuePhoto: Conference dinner venue, Fazeley Studios, Birmingham

We held our Social Sciences conference in Birmingham in May. I’m sure you have seen some of the photos on Twitter and in the Social Sciences newsletter (if you do not already subscribe to it check out our ‘My Academy’ service).  Mike Sharples and Keri Facer gave two wonderful keynote presentations which set us all challenges and critical issues to consider regarding the future of higher education teaching. To access all posts relating to our annual conference:

Punch illustrationPhoto: Illustration from Punch, dating flat-screen global communication to 1879.




Are we all data now?

An interesting blog article poses this pertinent question. In it, Fleur Johns (Professor in the Faculty of Law at UNSW Australia, Sydney) discusses how so much international legal writing is concerned with data privacy, cybercrime and generally computer and information technology (CIT):

“Public international lawyers will doubtless continue to pursue broad-ranging regulatory initiatives, regionally and globally, concerning cybercrime and data protection. Beyond these efforts, however, global policy-makers and international lawyers working in a far greater range of fields need to engage critically with the priorities, preferences and relations embedded in, or generated by, the software and hardware of global data gathering and analysis. Associations among co-patterners (or those correlated in some analytical pattern) may prove just as significant as those among co-citizens or fellow right-holders — if not more so — in the global operations of law”. - See more at: 

HEA Events

Embedding employability in social sciences curricula, 9 June 2014, Bristol

With the recent rise in tuition fees and a highly competitive job market for graduates of the social sciences, industry, parents and increasingly students themselves are keen to know the career-related benefits of degree programmes. This workshop will take you through the process of devising your own plan for embedding employability in your curriculum.

Research and Policy Seminar/Webinar Series

For the final seminar in the 2013-14 HEA research and policy seminar/ webinar series, Dr Taylor and Dr McCaig will focus on their investigation into the HEA funded project Evaluating the impact of student number controls, choice and competition on the student profile and learning environment in the new higher education landscape.

The seminar takes place on Tuesday 10 June, in York, from 12:15 – 13:00 with a buffet lunch at 13:00 for anyone attending in person. More information about this event and the series is available on the HEA website. The previous seminar/webinar, ‘Examining difference, in/equity and diversity in teaching and learning’ by Dr Jacqueline Stevenson, is available to view on the HEA website.

Defining and delivering scholarly activity in college-based higher education, 24 June 2014, London

This is second running of this popular conference which will consider recent research undertaken by the Higher Education Academy (HEA), Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) and the Mixed Economy Group (MEG) on current practice in the application of scholarly activity in further education colleges. It will examine structures to support such activity, college responses and the role of staff and students. It will provide examples of practice in colleges and provide a stimulus for further thought.

New to using social networking in learning and teaching, 8 July 2014, Birmingham

This workshop is ideally suited for colleagues who, whilst they may have some experience of social networking in other contexts, would like to develop their use of social networking within their learning and teaching practice.

Supporting students conducting independent research projects in the Social Sciences, 10 July 2014, Birmingham

The aim of this workshop is to provide educators with strategies they can deploy to ensure that students complete independent projects successfully.


We are nearing the end of our academic year but you can find reports of previous workshops along with presentations and resources here:

Other events

Social and Legal Implications of Same Sex Marriage in the North East, Tuesday 17 June 2014, 10.00 – 15.30

The conference will take place in the School of Law, Faculty of Business and Law, Northumbria University, City Campus East, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 8ST. Those who are interested in attending should register their attendance with Catherine Nixon of University of Sunderland at

International Advocacy Teaching Conference Friday 27 June 2014 - Saturday 28 June 2014, Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University

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The 10th Annual Forensic Research and Teaching Conference: ‘Interfaces: Law and Science’ 2 - 4th July 2014, Northumbria University.

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Conference ‘Visualising Law and Gender’, 3rd-4th September 2014, St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London

Please visit for more details.

2014 SLS Annual Conference 'Judging in the 21st Century', 9th- 12th September, University of Nottingham

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The Association of Law Teachers (ALT) have become sponsors of the Legal Education Digest, a publication of the Australasian Law Teachers Association. This means that as from the May 2014 edition the readership is extended to all members of the ALT.

Victimology Today is a weekly curated online newspaper that aims to provide summaries of news (nationally and globally) of relevance to anyone interested in the study of victims:

Law & Literature - Volume 26, Issue 1. This is free to access online

And finally

The Legal Education Research Network now has a new website hosted by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. You can access it here and the site also gives details of how to become a LERN member (membership is free).

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