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Jill Dickinson

Jill Dickinson LLB (Hons), PG Dip, Solicitor (non-practising), PGCE, LLM, SFHEA,

Senior Lecturer in Law & Law Apprenticeships Lead


Jill is a Senior Lecturer in Law within the Department of Law & Criminology, and the University's Law Apprenticeships Lead. As a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, she is experienced in Course/Module Leadership for both Law and Business Management, and has designed and successfully implemented core, simulation modules "from scratch" following revalidation.

Alongside her teaching role, Jill is a Fellow of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies, and an Associate of the Centre for Regional, Economic & Social Research.

Jill is also an External Examiner for Nottingham Law School and a Reviewer for the Advance HE's Global Teaching Excellence Awards. She has previously been invited to judge the Yorkshire Lawyer Awards.

Jill enjoys working with both internal and external partners to create/project-manage various multi-disciplinary, teaching, research, employability and mentoring initiatives. These include the annual Lawyer in London event and the Irwin Mitchell Firm Brand Competition.

In terms of her research, Jill is particularly interested in the law and place-governance. After achieving a Distinction (80%) in her LLM, Jill is part-way through the completion of a multi-disciplinary, publications-based PhD at the University.

In addition to her doctoral studies, Jill has successfully bid for funding for, and led on, a number of projects, including the Hallam Guild-funded, Hallam Pracademia community of practice, and various ESRC-funded Festival of Social Sciences events in the field of place-governance. Following on from this, she had the initiative for, and has worked with colleagues across the city to found a new Public Urban Green Space Group.

Jill is closely involved with the Socio-Legal Studies Association where she has sat on both the Executive Committee and the Grants Sub-Committee. Following the successful creation of a Spatiality and Inclusivity theme, she now co-convenes a new Property, People, Power & Place stream for the Association's Annual Conference. Jill also sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Property, Planning & Environmental Law, and is a guest-editor for the People, Place & Policy Journal.

Before moving into academia, Jill spent 10 years in private practice as a solicitor working within leading national and international law firms, and specialising in managing clients' commercial property portfolios.

  • About

    Jill specialises in law and place-governance, teaching Property and Tort Law-related modules for the Department of both Law & Criminology and Natural & Built Environment. As a former solicitor, she draws on her experience from practice to design and roll out new modules.

    An experienced Academic Advisor, Jill has achieved the Award in Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising from the Centre for Recording Achievement & Staff and Educational Development Association.

    Working cross-Faculty, Jill supervises and assesses postgraduate research projects in the fields of both law and business.

    Jill enjoys creating and project-managing multi-disciplinary initiatives to develop internal and external collaboration opportunities for teaching, research, developing students' employability and mentoring.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    Jill is experienced in teaching a variety of law, business management, and employability modules across levels 4-7 including:

    • Land Law

    • Law of Tort

    • Careers Development Learning

    • Clinical Legal Education

    • Real Estate Management

    • Strategic Management

    • Project Management

    • Dissertations

    Jill also supervises and examines post-graduate research projects in the fields of both law and business.

    In recognition of her work, Jill has won the following Awards:

    • Law Works and Attorney General Student Award for Best Contribution by a Law School

    • Faculty Team Awards for the National Client Interviewing Competition (2013 and 2018).

    She has also been nominated for the following Awards:

    • Faculty Inspirational Teaching Awards (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2018)

    • Faculty Outstanding Student Support Awards (2015 and 2016)

    • Faculty Team Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

  • Research

    After achieving a Distinction (80%) in her research-based LLM, Jill is part way through a multi-disciplinary, publications-based PhD in Law and Place-Governance.

    Alongside her own studies, Jill is experienced in supervising and assessing undergraduate and postgraduate research students in the fields of both Law and Business Management.

    Experienced in creating and leading new initiatives, Jill has worked with the University's Leadership & Management Development Team to re-launch the Department of Law & Criminology's Staff Mentoring Scheme, and to create the Hallam Guild-funded, Hallam Pracademia community of practice.

    In addition, Jill is experienced in leading on a number of specific research projects and initiatives, for example through her roles as Chair of the University's Socio-Legal Research Cluster, Convenor of the Department's Research Seminar Series and Co-Editor of the Departmental Research Newsletter. Involved in mini-REF reviewing panels and other related research initiatives, Jill is also involved in organising the Faculty Research Conference.

    As an Associate of the Centre for Regional, Economic & Social Research, Jill is involved in externally-funded research. She also continues to work closely with the Socio-Legal Studies Association, having been appointed to sit on the Executive Committee and Grants Sub-Committee, and also co-convene their Annual Conference Stream: Property, People, Power and Place.

    Jill is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Property, Planning & Environmental Law, and is a guest-editor for the People, Place & Policy Journal.

    Jill has successfully secured funding for, and has led on, a number of internal and external research initiatives, including the now Faculty-wide, Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies Doctoral Student Poster Event, a Faculty Student Experience Project to explore students' engagement with extra-curricular activities, and their levels of self-efficacy, and various ESRC-funded Festival of Social Science events relating to place-governance.

    Jill has also founded a Public Urban Green Space Group for practitioners, policy-makers and academics.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Dickinson, J. (2019). Quasi-public place-governance: an exploration of shopping centres. Business Law Review.

    Dickinson, J., Bennett, E., & Marson, J. (2019). Challenges facing green space: is statute the answer? Journal of place management and development, 12 (1), 121-138.

    Dickinson, J., & Wyton, P. (2019). Urban greenspace quandaries: Can systems thinking offer any solutions? People, Place and Policy Online, 12 (3), 167-187.

    Bennett, E., Dickinson, J., & Eadson, W. (2019). PPP Special Issue Editorial: Part 2. People, Place and Policy Online, 12 (3), 165-166.

    Heap, V., & Dickinson, J. (2018). Public Spaces Protection Orders: a critical policy analysis. Safer Communities, 17 (3), 182-192.

    Bennett, E., Eadson, W., & Dickinson, J. (2018). PPP Special Issue Editorial: Part I. People, Place and Policy Online, 12 (2), 56-57.

    Dickinson, J., & Marson, J. (2017). Greenspace governance: statutory solutions from Scotland? Statute Law Review.

    Dickinson, J., & Griffiths, T.-.L. (2017). Building bridges: a critical analysis of university and industry collaboration to improve diverse access to elite professions. Industry and Higher Education, 31 (4), 227-238.

    Dickinson, J. (2016). How To Save Our Town Centres : A radical agenda for the future of high streets - Book review. European Journal of Current Legal Issues, 22 (3).

    Bleasdale-Hill, L., & Dickinson, J. (2016). ‘Dangerous Dogs’ different dog, same lamppost? The Journal of Criminal Law, 80 (1), 64-76.

    Dickinson, J., & Griffiths, T.-.L. (2015). Embedding employability and encouraging engagement with PDP/careers. Student Engagement and Experience Journal, 4 (1).

    Dickinson, J. (2015). Book Review : A Practical Approach to Planning Law. Urban Studies, 53 (4), 844-846.

    Dickinson, J., & Nicholson, A. (2015). Supreme Court closes another vicarious liability loophole: Woodland V Swimming Teachers Association. European Journal of Current Legal Issues, 21 (2).

    Dickinson, J. (2014). Book review: land law by Mark Davys. The law teacher: the international journal of legal education, 48 (1), 121-123.

    Dickinson, J. (2014). Open season for burglar battering: is it time to check in with the civil courts? Journal of Personal Injury Law, 2, 63-78.

    Dickinson, J. (n.d.). Editorial. Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law.

    Conference papers

    Bennett, L., & Dickinson, J. (2015). Forcing the empties back to work? : ruinphobia and the bluntness of law and policy. In Transience and Permanence in Urban Development International Research Workshop, University of Sheffield, Town & Regional Planning Dept, 14 January 2015 - 15 January 2015.

  • Other activities

    Solicitor (non-practising).

    Member of The Law Society, Senior Fellow of Advance HE, Fellow of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies, Associate of the Centre for Regional, Economic & Social Research, experience as a member of both the Executive Committee and the Grants Sub-Committee of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, Co-Convenor of the Association's Annual Property, People, Power & Place Conference stream, and Member of The Association of Women Solicitors.

    Former Chair of the Association of Women in Property (Sheffield Branch).

    Judge for both the Yorkshire Lawyer Awards and the Advance HE Global Teaching Excellence Awards.

    Editorial board member for the Journal of Property Planning & Environmental Law and Guest-Editor for the People Place & Policy Journal. Peer-Reviewer for a number of multi-disciplinary journals and conferences.

    Other responsibilities

    Devising and project-managing a variety of employability initiatives, Jill has driven various projects including the Freeths Competition Law Solutions Project. She has also led on the University's involvement with the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship. Keen to develop students' networks, she also worked with both internal and external partners to create a guest speaker series of careers talks for all law and criminology students within the University.

    Jill is an experienced mentor, and leads on the DLC Mentoring Scheme. She is also involved in the creation of a Sheffield Institute of Policy Studies Cascading Mentoring Scheme and has previously worked with the Leadership & Development team on the University's online Mentoring webpages. Jill has been involved in both the Leadership Foundation's Aurora and the University's ASPIRE mentoring schemes, and was invited to pilot the Regional Cross Institutional Action Learning for Women Group with colleagues from across Leeds Beckett, Northumbria University, York St John and the University of Leeds.

  • Media

    After spending 10 years working in practice as a solicitor, specialising in shopping centre management, Jill moved into academia where she is involved in a number of different research streams.

    Primarily interested in place-governance, Jill’s research explores the law’s influence on both public and private land, including issues around home defence, greenspace and public space protection orders. Following on from this, she has founded a new Public Urban Green Space (PUGS) Group for practitioners, policy-makers, academics and other stakeholders to collaboratively work together on green space projects.

    She is also co-leading a stream of research which examines students’ engagement in extra-curricular activities and their levels of self-efficacy.

    Jill is also interested in how experience as a former/current practitioner shapes academics’ approaches in higher education, and has created a new Community of Practice: Hallam Pracademia.

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