Kerry James, the current director of the Legal Practice Course at UWE’s Bristol Institute of Legal Practice, is to head up The College of Law’s new Bristol centre, it has been announced today.
Kerry has been appointed as head of the £1.2m centre, following a highly successful teaching and management career with UWE (the University of the West of England) spanning more than 10 years.
The centre, which opens in the city’s Temple Quarter in September, is The College of Law’s first in the South-West. It will serve the whole of the region, building on the College’s position as the UK’s leading provider of postgraduate professional legal education.
Nigel Savage, Chief Executive of The College of Law, said: “Kerry’s appointment is a real coup for the College. She has built a reputation as both a dynamic senior academic leader and a dedicated and effective tutor and is also an established member of the South West legal community. She brings with her a wealth of regional knowledge, contacts and know-how and will be a real asset to us.
“The fact that we have been able to attract such a locally well-respected candidate to head up our Bristol centre reflects the large impact that the College is already having on the legal education market in the region.”
Kerry worked as a solicitor for Burges Salmon Solicitors in Bristol before joining UWE in 1999 as a tutor. She held the role of Associate Course Director of the part-time Legal Practice Course (LPC) for four years before becoming Course Director of the Full Time LPC in 2008 and led the team designing UWE’s new LPC programme.
As well as the LPC, she has taught on the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Professional Skills Course (PSC) programmes. Her specialist teaching subjects include civil and commercial litigation, legal research, advocacy and contract law. She has also developed a particular interest in e-learning.
The College of Law plans to lead the way in e-learning in the South-West having already developed a reputation for innovative use of cutting-edge teaching technologies, such as i-Tutorials, podcasts and online exercises, forums and assessments, which are provided in conjunction with traditional study methods, including face to face workshops, lectures, and one to one tutorials.
The College is also an educational charity and has been actively promoting access to the profession for disadvantaged students from across the region in recent months. Through a partnership with the Sutton Trust, the University of Bristol and the region’s law firms, the College is working with local schools and colleges to provide opportunities for young people to enter the profession.