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Jill Dickinson

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

Senior Lecturer in Law

Summary

Alongside her lecturing role, Jill is an Associate of the Centre for Regional, Social and Economic Research, a Fellow of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies, an External Examiner for Nottingham Law School, and a Senior Fellow and Verifier for Advance HE. As a non-practising solicitor, she has over twenty years' combined experience in practice and academia, and has judged both the Yorkshire Legal Awards and the Advance HE Global Teaching Excellence Awards. Jill specialises in teaching Land Law and Tort Law, and her primary research interests are in place-governance. She is a founding member of both Hallam Pracademia and the Public Urban Green Space Group.

  • About

    Jill is an experienced Course and Module Leader for both Law and Business Management subjects, and has also undertaken the role of Law Apprenticeships Lead for the University. She specialises in both Land Law and Tort Law and has taught students across the University within the Engineering, Real Estate and Law subject groups. As a non-practising solicitor with over twenty years' collective experience in practice and academia, Jill has devised and rolled out modules 'from scratch' following revalidation which have involved creating simulated law firm and careers recruitment environments. Alongside her undergraduate teaching, Jill supervises and assesses postgraduate research projects across the Faculty in the fields of law, criminology real estate and business management. Following a successful bid for funding, she is working with Liberty in supervising a Doctoral Training Alliance PhD Studentship. An experienced Academic Advisor, Jill has achieved the Award in Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising from the Centre for Recording Achievement & Staff Educational Development Association. Jill is also an External Examiner for Nottingham Law School, and a Senior Fellow and Verifier for Advance HE.

     Jill was invited to judge the Yorkshire Legal Awards and the Advance HE Global Teaching Excellence Awards. She has also received recognition for her work through both the Law Works & Attorney General Pro Bono Award and Faculty Awards for the National Client Interviewing Competition 2013 and 2018. During her academic career, Jill has also been nominated for Faculty Awards for her leading roles in developing the following initiatives: the Freeths Competition Law Solutions Project, the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scheme and the Lawyer in London Event. In addition, students have nominated Jill for both University Inspirational Teaching and Outstanding Student Support Awards.

    Jill's primary research interests are in place-governance. She sits on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Property Planning and Environmental Law, and has edited Special Issues for both that Journal and People Place & Policy. As a former member of both the Executive Committee and the Grants Sub-Committee for the Socio-Legal Studies Association, Jill co-convenes the Property, People, Power & Place Annual Conference Stream. Following the award of a Distinction (80%) in her Masters in Law, Jill is studying for a PhD by way of publication and has published on place-governance issues relating to a variety of private/public place-types, including the home, its curtilage, shopping centres, greenspace, and public places. Her research interests in this area have led to her founding the externally-facing Public Urban Green Space Group. Jill is also an Associate of the Centre for Regional, Social and Economic Research and a Fellow of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies.


  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Social Sciences and Humanities

    I enjoy creating, developing and/or rolling out a variety of internal and external, collaborative projects in areas including teaching and learning, research and student employability. These include: the Freeth Cartwright Competition Law Solutions Project, the residential Lawyer in London Event, the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scheme, the Connecting with Professional Practice Conference, the Public Urban Green Space Group, and Hallam Pracademia.

    I am an experienced Course and Module Leader for various subjects across both Law and Business Management.

    I have led and/or taught on a range of both Law and Business Management subjects, including: 

    • Land Law 
    • Real Estate Management 
    • Law of Tort 
    • Clinical Legal Education
    • Careers Development Learning
    • Strategic Management 
    • Project Management 
    • Innovation and Change Management
    • Dissertations

     I also supervise and assess post-graduate research projects across law, real estate and business management topics.

  • Research

    Primarily specialising in place-governance, I have published a series of papers in support of my PhD by Publication. This multi-disciplinary collection explores manifestations of law within a range of different places, including the home, greenspace and shopping centres. Amongst other outputs, this research led to me founding the Public Urban Green Space Group, leading on ESRC-funded, Festival of Social Sciences events, and also securing funding to supervise a Doctoral Training Alliance PhD Studentship.

    Alongside my place-governance research, I am also involved in other streams of research on topics including students' self-efficacy and career transitions from practice into academia. The latter stream led to the creation of the Hallam Pracademia Community of Practice.

    I enjoy collaborating with colleagues across the University and external organisations, including other universities, Advance HE, law firms and public bodies.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Dickinson, J. (2019). Guest editorial - introduction to constructions of property: encompassing people, power and place. Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law, 11 (3), 169-170. http://doi.org/10.1108/JPPEL-10-2019-045

    Dickinson, J. (2019). Quasi-public place-governance: an exploration of shopping centres. Business Law Review. http://www.kluwerlawonline.com/toc.php?pubcode=BULA

    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. http://doi.org/10.1108/JPMD-09-2017-0091

    Dickinson, J., & Wyton, P. (2019). Urban greenspace quandaries: Can systems thinking offer any solutions? People, Place and Policy Online, 12 (3), 167-187. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.2019.9668987673

    Bennett, E., Dickinson, J., & Eadson, W. (2019). PPP Special Issue Editorial: Part 2. People, Place and Policy Online, 12 (3), 165-166. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.2019.5558367997

    Heap, V., & Dickinson, J. (2018). Public Spaces Protection Orders: a critical policy analysis. Safer Communities, 17 (3), 182-192. http://doi.org/10.1108/SC-02-2018-0006

    Bennett, E., Eadson, W., & Dickinson, J. (2018). PPP Special Issue Editorial: Part I. People, Place and Policy Online, 12 (2), 56-57. http://doi.org/10.3351/ppp.2018.5463926534

    Dickinson, J., & Marson, J. (2017). Greenspace governance: statutory solutions from Scotland? Statute Law Review. http://doi.org/10.1093/slr/hmx031

    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. http://doi.org/10.1177/0950422217707641

    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). http://webjcli.org/article/view/514/687

    Bleasdale-Hill, L., & Dickinson, J. (2016). ‘Dangerous Dogs’ different dog, same lamppost? The Journal of Criminal Law, 80 (1), 64-76. http://doi.org/10.1177/0022018315623684

    Dickinson, J., & Griffiths, T.-.L. (2015). Embedding employability and encouraging engagement with PDP/careers. Student Engagement and Experience Journal, 4 (1). http://doi.org/10.7190/seej.v4i1.101

    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.

    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. http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/trp/research/bennettdickinson

  • Other activities

    I am an External Examiner for Nottingham Law School, a Senior Fellow of Advance HE, a Co-Convenor for the Socio-Legal Studies Association's Property, People, Power & Place Stream and Founder of the Public Urban Green Space Group. In addition, I sit on the Editorial Board for the Journal of Property, Planning and Environment Law for which I have produced a Special Issue. I also have previous experience as a member of the Executive Committee and the Grants Sub-Committees for the Socio-Legal Studies Association, and as a judge for both the Yorkshire Legal Awards and the Advance HE Global Teaching Excellence Awards.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    I am currently supervising Doctoral Researchers in the topics of Public Spaces Protection Orders, Mentoring in Law Firms, and University Law Clinics.

  • 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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