LERN Research Grants
The projects funded in 2016-17 were as follows:
- Jane Williams, Swansea University; ’Public Legal Education for Children and Young People in Wales’
- Emma Jones, The Open University, 'Admission Tutors’ Perceptions of the Purposes of the LLB’
- Margaret Downie, Robert Gordon University, ‘Improving the Transition from Further to Higher Education’.
Funding for the grants come from three sources. These are the SLS, ALT and the Law Publishers Association. Our aim is to seek other sources of funding and to generally develop this area of our work.
Applications can be made on any aspect of legal education and be theoretical or applied. We encourage the use of empirical research skills, and attendance at Workshops for ‘would-be’ applicants. We put information about how to apply for grants and key dates on the website, which also provides a guide for prospective applicants.
Former LERN Grant-holders
In 2015-16, we funded:
- Helen James, David Chalk (University of Winchester) ‘Find out About Student Use of and Attitudes Towards LawTrove’
- Ambreena Manji, John Harrington (University of Cardiff) ‘Mobility and Modernity: Biographical Studies in African and British Legal Education’
- Lisa Collingwood (Kingston University) ‘PhDs in Law 1990-2015’
- Alysia Blackham (University of Cambridge), Shelda Debowski (University of Western Australia) ‘Precarious Academic Work in Legal Education’
In 2014-15, we funded:
- Patrick Carmichael and Silvia Borelli (University of Bedfordshire) ‘Enhancing Reflection on Practice in Clinical Education’
- Melissa Hardee (Independent Consultant) ‘Career expectations of Law Degree Students-Third Year of a Three Year Cohort Study’
- Jane Stonestreet (Westminster University) ‘An examination of a peer review scheme at Level 6 of a law degree designed to encourage critical writing skills’
- Caroline Strevens and Clare Wilson (Portsmouth University) ‘Perceptions of Well-being among Law Teachers’
In 2013-14, we funded:
- Chris Ashford (Northumbria University) ‘LGBTQ student identities and the law school’
- Paul Knepper (University of Sheffield) ‘Black "Firsts" in the British Legal Professions’
- Richard Owen (Essex University) ‘How has legal education in Wales responded to the challenge of devolution?’
- Judith Willis, (Consultant) ‘How do law teachers respond to undertaking a teaching qualification?’
How to apply for research grants
LERN are delighted to announce that the small grant series will continue in 2016-2017. The Association of Law Teachers and the Society of Legal Scholars have each provided £3500 pounds for this purpose. The grants will be awarded to researchers wanting to carry out research into any aspect of legal education. Applications are invited for the 2016-2017 grants into any aspect of legal education. Applications must be received on the LERN grant application form which is available below. LERN has also produced a short guidance document to help applicants complete the form. As LERN is particualrly interested in ensuring that legal education research is rigorous, you are reminded to pay particular attention to your methodology and to seek help from colleagues or the LERN steering group where appropriate. LERN assigns a mentor to each grant holder for the duration of the grant.
Don't forget ! The closing date for this year's applications is 30th September 2017 and LERN hopes to make a decision and notify applicants in October.
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