Jill is an Associate of the Centre for Regional, Social and Economic Research; Fellow of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies; External Examiner; Senior Fellow of Advance HE; and a Recognised Practitioner in Advising. Externally, her roles include: Associate Editor, and Co-Convenor for the Socio Legal Studies Association. As a Solicitor (non-practising), Jill has judged the Yorkshire Legal and Advance HE Global Teaching Excellence Awards. Jill specialises in teaching Land and Tort. As a research supervisor, Jill’s own research focuses on law and place, and professional development. Recognised in the Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence 2020, Jill also leads HE/industry collaborations.
I am an experienced Course and Module Leader, and Academic Advisor for courses in both Law and Business Management. My work has also included undertaking the role of Law Apprenticeships Lead for the University. I specialise in land law, tort law, and professional development and I have taught students across the University within Law, Engineering, Real Estate, and Business. As a non-practising Solicitor with over twenty years' collective experience in practice and academia, I have devised and rolled out modules 'from scratch' following revalidation which have involved creating simulated law firm and careers recruitment environments.
Alongside my undergraduate teaching, I supervise and assesses postgraduate research projects across law, criminology, real estate and business management. I was also successfully awarded funding to supervise a Doctoral Training Alliance PhD Studentship in collaboration with Liberty. An experienced Academic Advisor, I have achieved the Award in Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising from the Centre for Recording Achievement & Staff Educational Development Association. I have also become a Recognised Practitioner in Advising with UK Advising and Tutoring. Additionally, I am an External Examiner for both Coventry and Nottingham Law Schools, and a Senior Fellow for Advance HE. I have judged both the Yorkshire Legal Awards and the Advance HE Global Teaching Excellence Awards. My approach has also been recognised through both the Law Works & Attorney General Pro Bono Awards and the University’s Team Awards for the National Client Interviewing Competition in 2013 and 2018.
During my academic career, I have also been nominated for Awards for my 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 me for both University Inspirational Teaching and Outstanding Student Support Awards. My approach to research has been recognised by the Emerald Literati Awards for Excellence 2020. My research focuses on the two key themes of law and place, and professional development. I am an Associate Editor for the Journal of Property Planning and Environmental Law, and I have guest-edited Special Issues for different journals. As a former member of both the Executive Committee and the Grants Sub-Committee for the Socio-Legal Studies Association, I continue to co-convene the Property, People, Power & Place Annual Conference Stream. I am also an Associate of the Centre for Regional, Social and Economic Research and a Fellow of the Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies.
Social Sciences and Arts
Projects include: Pracademia: research, practice and and professional development initiatives around the experiences of former/current practitioners as they make the transition(s) between practice and academia); Changing Spaces: exploring staff and students' experiences of the blended working environment; Examining students' engagement with extra-curricular activities and their levels of self-efficacy; Freeths' Competition Law Solutions Project; the Freshfields Stephen Lawrence Scholarship Scheme; and Lawyer in London Student Employability Event
LLB (Hons) Law; LLB (Hons) Law and Criminology
I have led and/or taught on a range of modules across law, business and management, engineering, and real estate. Whilst I specialise in teaching both Land Law and Tort Law, I have also developed modules including Clinical Legal Education which involved students working in simulated law firm environments across different specialisms.
My multidisciplinary research adopts two key themes: law and place, and professional development. Law and Place: Focusing on law’s manifestations across a spectrum of private and public places, my research explores places across the private/public place spectrum. These include the home, shopping centres, greenspaces, and towns and city centres and the issues created by the blurred boundaries that may be found within them. This research has led to initiatives including the ESRC-funded launch of the Public Urban Green Space Group as part of the Festival of Social Sciences, supervising a Doctoral Training Alliance PhD Studentship around public spaces protection orders, and securing research funding from organisations including the Oak Foundation and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Research Trust. Professional Development: As a former practitioner myself, I research aspects of professional development including practitioners’ transitions into academia (‘pracademia’), self-efficacy. This research stream has led to collaborations including the establishment of the Pracademia Network with Advance HE and the launch of a new Connecting with Professional Practice Conference and associated funding stream.
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.
These include Oak Foundation; Property Research Trust; and La Trobe University.
Dickinson, J., Griffiths, T.-.L., & Bredice, A. (2020). 'It's Just Another Thing to Think About': encouraging students' engagement with extra-curricular activities. Journal of Further and Higher Education. http://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2020.1813263
Dickinson, J., Fowler, A., & Griffiths, T. (2020). Pracademics? Exploring transitions and professional identities in higher education. Studies in Higher Education. http://doi.org/10.1080/03075079.2020.1744123
Marson, J., Ferris, K., & Dickinson, J. (2019). The Automated and Electric Vehicles Act 2018 Part 1 and Beyond: A Critical Review. Statute Law Review. http://doi.org/10.1093/slr/hmz021
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, 40 (4), 161-169. 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
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
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
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.
Dickinson, J., Marson, J., & Ferris, K. (n.d.). Students as researchers. The effects of employing law students on an empirical research project. Law Teacher.
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
Dickinson, J. (2020). Land Law. In De Silva, C., & Charlson, J. (Eds.) Galbraith’s Construction and Land Management Law for Students. Routledge: https://www.routledge.com/Galbraiths-Construction-and-Land-Management-Law-for-Students/Silvaah2-Charlsonah2/p/book/9780367465186
External responsibilities include: Co-Convenor of the Property People Power and Place Stream for the Annual Socio Legal Studies Association Conference; External Examiner for Nottingham and Coventry Law Schools; and Associate Editor for the Journal of Property, Planning and Environmental Law.
I have supervised and/or examined postgraduate research on a range of topics related to place and space and/or professional development. These include: the regulation of social media platforms, human trafficking, refugee integration, anti-social behaviour, mentoring, and professional identities.
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.