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Jill Dickinson

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

Senior Lecturer in Law, Department Lead for Law Apprenticeships


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

Alongside her teaching role, Jill has been approached to become an External Examiner for Nottingham Law School. In addition, she has been appointed as a Fellow of the Sheffield Institute of Policy Studies and has been invited to judge the Higher Education Academy's Global Teaching Excellence Awards.

Jill enjoys working with both internal and external partners to create new opportunities for, and project-manage, various multi-disciplinary initiatives to help both further develop the University's research culture and increase the students' employability opportunities.

Jill is particularly interested in the law and policy aspects of Place-Governance. After achieving a Distinction in her research-based LLM in Legal Practice, Jill is part-way through the completion of a publications-based PhD. In addition to her doctoral studies, Jill has led on a number of projects, including an inter-Departmental, funded project which focused on public urban green spaces. Jill is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Socio-Legal Studies Association where she also sits on the Grants Sub-Committee. Following the successful creation of a Spatiality and Inclusivity theme last year, she now co-convenes a new Property, People, Power & Place stream for the Association's Annual Conference.

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

  • About

    Supervising solicitors, trainee solicitors and work placement students encouraged Jill's move into academia, where, as well as lecturing in law, she also works with staff, students and external partners to create both research and employability opportunities.

    Jill is experienced in leading courses including LLB Law with Criminology, BA (Hons) Business and Management, HND Business and HNC Business. She is also involved in creating/developing new opportunities for teaching, learning and assessment for a range of modules e.g. for the Careers Development Learning module which included simulated recruitment and selection tasks and for the Clinical Legal Education module which involved students working within multi-stream simulated law firm environments.

    Jill won the Law Works and Attorney General Student Award for Best Contribution by a Law School and has been nominated for the Faculty Inspirational Teaching Awards (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016), the Faculty Outstanding Student Support Awards (2015 and 2016) and the Faculty Team Awards in 2013, 2014 and 2015.

    Jill is also experienced in acting as Rapporteur, Examiner and Chair for post-graduate courses.

    She has also recently been appointed as Law Apprenticeships Lead.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Development and Society

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

    • Land Law

    • Law of Torts

    • Careers Development Learning

    • Clinical Legal Education (involves students working in multi-stream simulated law firm environments)

    • Strategic Management

    • Project Management

    • Dissertations

  • Research

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

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

    Experienced in leading on 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. In addition, Jill has experience 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.

    As an Associate of the Centre for Regional, Economic & Social Research, Jill is involved in externally-funded research. She is also a member of the Executive Committee, Grants Sub-Committee and co-convenes an Annual Conference Stream: Property, People, Power and Place for the Socio-Legal Studies Association. In addition, Jill has successfully secured funding from both the University's Graduate School and the Sheffield Institute of Policy Studies for a new Poster Event for PhD students across the Departments of Law & Criminology, Psychology, Sociology & Politics, the Centre for Regional, Economic & Social Research and the Department of Natural & Built Environment. Following its successful pilot, Jill has received approval to run the event annually and extend it across the Faculty of Development & Society.

  • Publications

    HEAP, Vicky and DICKINSON, Jill (2018). Public Spaces Protection Orders: a critical policy analysis. Safer Communities. (In Press)

    DICKINSON, Jill and MARSON, James (2017). Greenspace Governance: statutory solutions from Scotland? Statute Law Review.

    DICKINSON, Jill and GRIFFITHS, Teri-Lisa (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, Jill (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, Lydia and DICKINSON, Jill (2016). ‘Dangerous Dogs’ different dog, same lamppost? The Journal of Criminal Law, 80 (1), 64-76.

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

    DICKINSON, Jill and NICHOLSON, Alex (2015). Supreme Court closes another vicarious liability loophole: Woodland V Swimming Teachers Association. European Journal of Current Legal Issues, 21 (2).

    BENNETT, Luke and DICKINSON, Jill (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, 14-15 January 2015.

    DICKINSON, Jill and GRIFFITHS, Teri-Lisa (2015). Embedding employability and encouraging engagement with PDP/careers. Student Engagement and Experience Journal, 4 (1).

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

  • Other activities

    Solicitor (non-practising), Member of The Law Society, Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Fellow of the Sheffield Institute of Policy Studies, Associate of the Centre for Regional, Economic & Social Research, Executive Committee Member and Grants Sub-Committee Member of the Socio-Legal Studies Association.

    Member of judging panel for the Higher Education Academy's Global Teaching Excellence Awards. Experience in acting as Verifier for the University's internal accreditation scheme for fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

    Invited to judge the Yorkshire Lawyer Awards, 2015.

    Peer-Reviewer for a number of multi-disciplinary journals, conferences and events.

    External Examiner for Nottingham Law School

  • Media

    Jill has 10 years' practical experience as a commercial property solicitor, working for well-known law firms within both Leeds and Sheffield before moving into academia. Her key specialist area is place-governance; how the law affects the management and use of places. Within previous related research, she has also investigated people's rights to defend their own property, looking at the legal issues surrounding high-profile cases such as Tony Martin in the UK and Trayvon Martin in the USA.

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