Teaching Centres Conference, 11-12 July 2023

Yesterday’s insights: inspiring tomorrow


The UG Laws Teaching Centres Conference (TCC) provides a forum for representatives from Recognised Teaching Centres to discuss legal education and share teaching experiences with a range of delegates including University of London academics involved in the creation of learning resources for the programme. The broad purpose of the conference is to consolidate and deepen our relationships with Teaching Centres, to provide them with support, and to identify and share good practice. UG Laws is delighted to be hosting its 6th TCC in 2023.


Patricia McKellar

I’m delighted to welcome all of you to the return of this event which takes place in London after an absence of five years. This gathering is a time for us to come together and engage in stimulating discussions, exchange innovative ideas, and forge valuable connections within our academic community. Throughout the course of the conference, we will explore the multifaceted dimensions of learning, teaching and assessment in UG Laws. We will be providing carefully selected sessions, including panel discussions and activities for deepening our understanding of the delivery of the programme. There is an array of distinguished speakers and insightful presentations which will keep your interest over the two days. We hope you will engage in conversations with fellow academics, forge new relationships and establish connections for the future. We are grateful to you for coming and bringing your enthusiasm for education to the conference.

Patricia McKellar, Acting Dean, UG Laws


The conference will take place at the Senate House, University of London.

Address: Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU

Main reception telephone: 020 7862 8133

Public transport

  • By bus: numbers 73, 29, 134, 10, 24, 68, 168, 7, 188, 91, 59 stop in the surrounding streets of Tottenham Court Road, Gower Street or Russell Square.
  • By rail: Euston, Kings Cross, St Pancras are local mainline stations
  • By London Underground: Russell Square (Piccadilly line), Tottenham Court Road (Central line), Goodge Street (Northern line), Warren Street (Victoria line), Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines).


Day one: Tuesday 11 July
08:30-09:30Registration and tea/coffee
09:30-09:40Welcome and introductionPatricia McKellar, Acting Dean, UG Laws
09:40-10:00Retrospective reviewSimon Askey, former Dean, UG Laws
10:00-11:30Delivery of Online Modules: Why & what’s the future? How best to embrace the new way of working

How can AI aid student learning?

UG Laws AI project demonstration

Patricia McKellar, Acting Dean, UG Laws

Linda Amrane Cooper, Director of Academic Practice, University of London

Charlotte Crilly, Teaching Fellow
12:00-13:00Subject Specific Sessions 1UoL Tutors
14:15-15:15Subject Specific Sessions 2UoL Tutors
15:30-16:15Takeaways/Feedback from the small groups and tutor panel.Facilitated by Patricia McKellar, Acting Dean and Simon Askey, former Dean, UG Laws
18:00-20:30Simon Askey’s retirement drinks reception
Day two: Wednesday 12 July
08:45-09:30Registration and tea/coffee
09:30-11:00Presentation: Analysis of examination results and questions.
Group discussions on marks for specific papers.
Facilitated by Simon Askey, former Dean, UG Laws
11:30-12:30Good Practice examples for assessment and learningFacilitated by Patricia McKellar, Acting Dean, UG Laws
12:30Closing remarks followed by lunch



Patricia McKellar
Patricia McKellar

Patricia McKellar is Acting Dean of Undergraduate Laws. Patricia drives the learning, teaching and assessment strategy for the UG Laws programmes which are studied by 16,000 students worldwide. Through the use of e-learning technologies and interactive learning, she supports college-based academic staff to create high quality distance learning resources and to implement technology enhanced learning. She oversees the extensive student support initiatives employed by the programme and promotes and develops student engagement. She has presented academic papers at national and international conferences and has published peer reviewed articles on legal education. Patricia was in private practice as a solicitor for nine years before joining the Division of Law at Glasgow Caledonian University in 1992 and then Glasgow Graduate School of Law at the University of Strathclyde in 2002 as a Senior Lecturer in Legal Practice. From 2005 she was the Senior Teaching and Learning Advisor with UK Centre for Legal Education (part of the UK Higher Education Academy now Advance HE) at the Law Department in the University of Warwick.

Simon Askey

Simon Askey was Dean of Undergraduate Laws at the University of London from 2015 until his retirement in 2023. He was Deputy Director from 2008 to 2015.  He began teaching law in 2001, with a primary focus on legal methods and legal skills, and he is co-author (with Ian McLeod) of Studying Law, which is in its fourth edition. He has taught Contract, Constitutional law, Jurisprudence and Medical law but his main subjects have been Legal methods and reasoning and Tort law. He studied Theology at the University of Oxford and law at King’s College, London and UCL. He also holds a Master’s degree in online education from the University of Southern Queensland, Australia which, sadly, was studied entirely online!


Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper
Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper

Dr Linda Amrane-Cooper is Director of Academic Practice in Distance Education at the University of London and is Director of the Centre for Online and Distance Education. Linda’s academic and professional career has spanned Higher Education, teaching, and Museum Education. Linda leads the University of London PG Learning and Teaching in HE programme, working with higher education teachers across the Globe. Linda has extensive experience of working in varied International contexts and has a passion for supporting learners.

Linda has benefited from the opportunity to work across the UK HE sectors in a wide range of Universities and teach at all academic levels, both face to face, online and at a distance. Linda has taken an active role supporting the professional development of HE staff as an education developer, mentor and coach. Linda has extensive experience of capacity building and works closely with colleagues in many locations to develop staff capabilities, skills and enthusiasm for digitally support and online education . Her experience of working in several academic disciplines and in a wide range of institutions brings a deep understanding of approaches to leadership, student support, research and teaching in the wider academy. Linda’s work is informed by the opportunities she has had in international posts in Higher Education – where she has enjoyed working with students, colleagues, and Institutions across the Globe. Linda’s current areas of research focus on assessment practices in online contexts in higher education.

Dr Carol Brennan
Dr Carol Brennan

Carol has been teaching Tort Law for over thirty years, both in UK universities and in distance learning programmes. She obtained her LLB from the University of London (LSE) many
years ago and is very pleased to have travelled full circle and to be teaching here, at this later stage in her career. She is the author of two current textbooks on the Tort law. Amongst her
fields of research is state responses and inquiries into
institutional child abuse. She enjoys contributing to the UG Laws Blog and giving her perspective on contemporary issues in Tort law.

Charlotte Crilly

Charlotte is a Teaching Fellow on the Undergraduate Laws Programme since 2016 and a module convenor for Legal System and Method. She has previously taught undergraduate and postgraduate law at the Open University and been involved with professional legal training. Apart from her teaching career, she’s worked at the Law Commission for England and Wales, the European Court of Human Rights and as a solicitor in private practice. She has an LLM in Human Rights law from University College London and an undergraduate law degree from Oxford University.  Her interest in education technology stems in part from being an earlier adopter of tools such as online classrooms and discussion forums and having a role in teaching other academics how to make best use of the possibilities in digital education. She designed and delivered the English Common Law MOOC and enjoys writing online course content and creating interactive activities. 

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Professor Martin Dixon

Martin Dixon, is the Professor of the Law of Real Property at the University of Cambridge and an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn. He is also the Editor of The Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, the leading journal on property matters and co-author of Megarry and Wade: The Law of Real Property. He has taught, examined and written about, Equity and Trusts and Property law throughout the common law world, including currently Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. During his career he has been a member of the Chancery Bar Association, the Property Bar Association and the Property Litigation Association and currently Module Convenor for Equity and Trusts.

Dr Laura Lammasniemi

Dr Laura Lammasniemi is an Associate Professor at Warwick School of Law. She specialises in Criminal law and has previously taught at various University of London colleges. Her principal research interests lie in the areas of crime, gender, and class from a historical perspective. She is currently working on a project on the history of sexual consent in criminal courts, 1870-1950, and in 2021, she was
chosen to deliver the 2021 British Social Sciences Award Lecture on this topic. She has spoken at the House of Commons on the issue of human trafficking and has participated in BBC TV and radio shows as a legal history expert. Having developed resources for Criminal law and Dissertation modules offered at Undergraduate Laws, she continues to deliver several Lecture Plus sessions for Criminal law.

Professor Jill Marshall
Professor Jill Marshall

Professor Jill Marshall, is a Professor of Law in the Department of Law and Criminology at Royal Holloway University of London and a qualified lawyer in England and Wales. Her work focuses on the relationship between law and living well, human flourishing, what it means to be free, and women’s human rights. This includes analysis of the purpose of law, including human rights, identity and anti-discrimination law purporting to protect aspects of our personal freedom and identities.  She is the author of three books including Human Rights Law and Personal Identity and has written widely on these topics. She is also module convenor for the Jurisprudence and legal theory module for Undergraduate Laws at the University of London.

Dr Jo Murkens
Dr Jo Murkens

Jo Murkens, is a Professor in the School of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He studied English and European Law at Queen Mary University and Copenhagen. He wrote his PhD at the European University Institute in Florence. He has published in the areas of public law, EU law, and comparative constitutional law, and a member of the editorial board of Public Law. He is also the UG Laws Module Convenor for Public law.

Amanda Taylor
Amanda Taylor

Amanda Taylor, is a University of London Teaching Fellow. She was a senior lecturer and deputy LLB course leader at University of Westminster for 16 years, but now freelances for many other universities teaching Equity and Trusts at undergraduate and postgraduate level. Apart from teaching Equity and Trusts, she is a panel member for a tribunal and chairs a Board of Directors.

David Thomas
David Thomas

David worked for many years as a solicitor, practicing in the fields of housing and Property law, Public law and Human Rights, and specialising in legal aid work. He stopped practicing
in 2013 to study at Birkbeck College, University of London, where he is currently finishing a PhD. It is a story about the origins of human rights in the seventeenth century. He has
taught several subjects for the School of Law in Birkbeck, including Land law, Equity and Trusts, and the Foundations of Property. He has been working at the University of London,
Undergraduate Laws as a Teaching Fellow since May 2022. He really enjoys teaching and giving people the tools and information, they need to learn.

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Dr George Zhou

George Zhou, is an associate professor of law at the school of law of the University of Leeds. His research interests lie in the field of Contract law, Regulation and law and Economics. Before joining the University of Leeds, he was a lecturer in law at the University of Sheffield from 2008-2013. He received his Ph.D. in law at the University of Manchester. He is a qualified attorney in China. Before becoming an academic, he practised in the area of International Commercial law in mainland China.

Drinks reception

The UG Laws Team cordially invites you to join us for a drinks reception to mark the retirement of our former Dean Simon Askey.

We do hope that you will be able to join us at this special event.  

Date: Tuesday 11 July 2023

Time: 6.00pm to 8.30pm

Venue: The Old Hall, The Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn, London WC2A 3TL

Dress code: Smart casual

Directions to Lincoln’s Inn

The main entrance to Lincoln’s Inn is at the southeast corner of Lincoln’s Inn Fields at the
junction with Serle Street.

By London Underground
The Inn can be reached by underground from all major rail stations. The most convenient station
is Holborn. Holborn is served by the Central Line and the Piccadilly Line; Chancery Lane by the
Central Line.
From Holborn Underground, exit onto Kingsway at the first set of traffic lights, turn left and
enter Remnant Street. Follow the north side of Lincoln’s Inn Fields, go straight ahead until you
reach the wall of Lincoln’s Inn, turn right, walk parallel to the wall until the impressive Main Gate,
where gate staff will direct you.
Chancery Lane Underground, head West on High Holborn, turn left onto Great Turnstile,
continue onto Newman’s Row. Lincoln’s Inn will be one the left.

By Car
There are two ways to get into the Inn by car, but both enter through the Main Gate:
From Fleet Street, enter Chancery Lane from the southern end, turn first left into Carey Street
and then first right into Serle Street and the Main Gate is on the right as Serle Street enters
Lincoln’s Inn Fields.
From Kingsway, enter Remnant Street, continue straight along the north side of Lincoln’s Inn
Fields, turn right on meeting the wall of the Inn and the Main Gate is 180 yards on the left.

By Bus
Many bus services stop at Holborn Underground and in Fleet Street, the Strand and High
Holborn. See details for bus routes.