Led by Campus Dean Amanda Hedayati, our tutors and professors are dedicated to bringing their real-life experience in practice into the classroom, providing our students with genuine insight into the subject matter. Each of our students are assigned a personal tutor and have regular one-to-one meetings where they can get advice on the course and career aspirations. As regular tutors are based in our campuses they operate an ‘open door’ policy, so students can talk to them whenever they need to.
Amanda is the Dean at the Manchester campus and held positions as Senior Lecturer and Programme Lead for LLB/GDL before her appointment. She has vast experience in employment law with particular expertise in discrimination and diversity. Previously Employment Law Head for BPP’s Professional Development faculty, she designed and presented a range of professional training courses, and now brings that knowledge to ULaw’s aspiring legal professionals.
Stuart worked in Private Practice until he joined Birmingham City University to set up the new LPC. He became Course Director of the Legal Practice Course in 1997 and joined The University of Law Birmingham in 2001 as the Deputy Director of Vocational. He became Head of Students at Chester and from 2015 has been LPC Programme & Student Lead. He has also taught Property Law. Private Client, Wills, Solicitors’ Accounts and Personal Injury on the LPC and Tort on the GDL.
Niall has spent the bulk of his career in Further and Higher Education. He first graduated with a degree in Philosophy, later converting to Law, and was Called to The Bar in 2006. He leads the Postgraduate Academic Programmes in Law (The Postgraduate Diploma, the MA and LLM courses). He teaches on a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses, covering Medical law and Ethics, Tort Law, Common Law Methods, Professional and Legal Ethics, and Research Methodology. He is a member of the Ethics Committee (reviewing research proposals) and the Teaching and Learning Group. He is also Director of a small private investment company.
Liz completed her training contract at DLA Piper, where she worked in contract and company disputes, banking and finance litigation and judicial review claims, and spent time on secondment in Milan. She teaches Business Law and Practice and Commercial Law on the LPC, Public Law and Law of Organisations on the GDL and Transactions, Law in Action and Public Law on the LLB. As the University-wide Business Law and Practice module lead, she designs materials for the course.
Alison Smith is a non-practising solicitor. She joined the University of Law in 1987 and has taught a number of subjects. In 2001 Alison gained a PGCHE. She was appointed an Associate Professor in 2007 became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Alison has designed and developed a significant number of course materials, assessments and manuals in particular for Contract Law (GDL, MA Law, LLB and SQE). Alison has also held a number of external appointments including a consultant on Consumer Law for BBC Watchdog and External Examiner roles.
Anne qualified as a solicitor in 1987 and joined the Crown Prosecution Service in Merseyside where she trained as a Youth Court Specialist. She became a Senior Crown Prosecutor in 1990, working cases at both the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts. Anne joined ULaw in 2001 and teaches Dispute Resolution and Advanced Criminal Practice on the LPC, Crime and Ethics on the GDL and primarily Crime on the LLB. Anne is also a shareholder and company secretary in Dyne Solicitors Ltd.
Marian qualified as a Solicitor in 1992 and worked up to equity partner level in private practice, advising on various areas of law, including civil litigation, criminal litigation and family. She joined the University of Law’s Manchester campus when it opened in 2009. Marian teaches across all courses (LLB, GDL, LPC), and now focuses on the LPC, teaching Dispute Resolution, Personal Injury and Insurance, along with various professional skills courses.
Sarah Roberts is a Solicitor who qualified in 2009, having studied the LPC at the University of Law’s Chester campus (then the College of Law), and worked in Private Practice specialising in Personal Injury. Sarah trained at a specialist Personal Injury firm before moving to Weightmans in Liverpool. Sarah joined the University in 2018 as a tutor, where she currently teaches Business Law Practice, Law and Business, Solicitors Accounts and Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence on the LPC as well as Tort on the online LLB and GDL programmes. Sarah is joint module lead for the Business Law and Practice course, University wide, and subject lead at our Chester, Liverpool and Online campuses. Sarah became a senior tutor and FHEA in 2020, and is currently working towards her PGCHE.
Sarah is an alumna of ULaw and qualified as solicitor in 2013. She specialised in Family Law, winning a national award during her time in practice, and was personally mentioned in the Legal 500 twice for her work in this area. Sarah has been an active member of Resolution, having previously served on its national Domestic Abuse Committee. Sarah became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2020 and her primary subjects are Dispute Resolution, Crime, Human Rights and Family, which she teaches across the LLB and LPC programmes. Sarah is also a trustee for a local charitable organisation.
Prior to joining the University of Law, Gemma worked in Family Law, specialising in Children matters. She also has experience in Private Client departments. Gemma obtained an undergraduate degree in English Literature before she decided to pursue law. She then attended the University of Law and completed her Graduate Diploma in Law and Law Practice Course with Masters. Gemma joined ULaw as a tutor in 2019 and she currently teaches Introduction to Professional Practice and Private Client on the LPC, as well as Tort on both the GDL and LLB.