I’m Jill Dickinson, and I’m an Associate Professor within the School of Law at the University of Leeds, and Senior Fellow of Advance HE.
Before moving into academia, I spent 10 years as a solicitor, and particularly enjoyed working with trainee solicitors and work placement students. Seeing them progress in their careers inspired my career move into academia where I act as a mentor for a number of programmes, and enjoy working with colleagues, students, and external partners to develop collaborative initiatives around teaching and learning, research, and/or employability. One particular example is the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scheme.
My research draws on creative methods (for example, artefacts) to explore place-making and professional development. Example projects include:
- Landscapes of Learning for Unknown Futures: Prospects for space in Higher Education
- Pracademia: Exploring the experiences of practitioners as they navigate their career transitions into academia
- Integrating Intercultural Cities through Belonging in Greenspaces
Alongside my roles as PG supervisor and examiner, I also enjoy working with PGRs to co-create new initiatives to support the development of the research environment. These include the development of an externally-funded, University-wide PG Research Showcase and Poster competition and leading a steering group on the creation of a new institutional Research Mentoring Framework.
2022. Collaborative methodological reflection: Disrupting the ethical practices of a creative method in higher education research. Social Research Practice.
2021. Regulating Connected and Autonomous Vehicles Through a Lens of Inclusivity. City University of Hong Kong Law Review.
2016. How To Save Our Town Centres : A radical agenda for the future of high streets – Book review. Web Journal of Current Legal Issues.
2015. Supreme Court Closes Another Vicarious Liability Loophole: Woodland v Swimming Teachers Association. European Journal of Current Legal Issues. 21(2)
2014. Open Season for Burglar Battering: Is it time to check in with the civil courts. Journal of Personal Injury Law.
Professional Development: As a former practitioner, I research aspects of professional development including the navigation of career transitions between practice and academia (‘pracademia’), staff/student experiences of the blended learning environment, and the development of students’ self-efficacy, for example through engagement with extra-curricular activities. This research has directly led to collaborations including the establishment of the online Pracademia Network with Advance HE Connect, a new cross-instititional, interdisciplinary higher education research and practice cluster, and the establishment of an Annual Connecting with Professional Practice Conference and associated funding streams.
Law and place: My research explores law’s manifestations across the private/public place spectrum. These include the home, shopping centres, greenspaces, and town and city centres, and the issues created by the blurred boundaries that can characterise them. This research has led to initiatives including the ESRC-funded launch of the Public Urban Green Space Group as part of the Festival of Social Sciences; supervising doctoral research (including securing funding for a Doctoral Training Alliance PhD Studentship relating to public spaces protection orders, and in conjunction with Liberty); and securing research funding from organisations including the Oak Foundation and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Research Trust, now the Property Research Trust.
University staff profile: https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/law/staff/1939/dr-jill-dickinson