The alawuntoherself blog is brought to you by Elaine Campbell, National Teaching Fellow and Solicitor Tutor at Northumbria Law School.
I’m a practising solicitor with 10 years experience, specialising in company, commercial & intellectual property law. I teach exclusively in the Student Law Office, a multi-award winning pro bono law clinic which is fully integrated into our Masters level undergraduate degree programme. This means that I supervise students who provide free legal advice to businesses, entrepreneurs, charities and social enterprises.
Teaching is huge part of my life – and something which I’m incredibly passionate about. In December 2016, I was fortunate to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy. Earlier in the year, I won Law Teacher of the Year at the Northern Law Awards and was a shortlisted finalist for Best Education Blog at the UK Blog Awards, (with my colleague Victoria Gleason) Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize, and Best Supervisor at the Student Led Teaching Awards.
Perhaps unsurprisingly my research interests lie in clinical legal education. That can encompass a whole host of pedagogic issues. Some which spring to mind are: feedback, assessment, group work, and engaging students as partners. I’ve spoken and published on all of these areas, and I’m a leading author on UK business law clinics. The process of academic writing is an issue I love to talk about on this blog.
I’m currently in Year 1 of a part-time Professional Doctorate. My PhD will explore my role as a clinical supervisor, using autoethnography. I’m really interested in building a community of PhD students in my area. To that end, I set up PubhD Newcastle – where PhD students talk for 10 minutes about their subject in exchange for a drink in our local pub!
Sylvia Path once said, “And by the way, everything in life is writeable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise.” Here’s hoping I have both guts and imagination.
You can find more information about me here.