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Mark Edwards

Mark Edwards

Principal Lecturer


As a Principal Lecturer, I am part of a management group that provides professional and academic leadership in a number of areas. These include learning, teaching and assessment, curriculum development, research and other forms of scholarly activity.

I also actively contribute to the operational and strategic development subject area and Department.

  • About

    I came into academia in 2006 following a 25-year career in industry, latterly working at Operations Director level within the distribution industry where I qualified in national and international road transport and was an O licence holder.

    I gained a first-class honours degree at Sheffield Hallam, where I also qualified in teaching at Higher Education level, and now I am a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    I started with the university as an Associate Lecturer in 2006 and became a permanent member of staff in January 2007. I progressed from Senior Lecturer to Principal lecturer in September 2009. I was appointed as Admissions tutor in 2007 and became a Group Leader and Markets and Recruitment Lead for the Department in 2009, exceeding targets in each year in that role. Since 2018 I have been the Departmental Lead coordinating with the Universities central Space Resource and Timetabling team.

    I was awarded Inspirational Teacher of the year in 2011, 2012 and 2013 and have won a College award in each year from 2011-2016. In 2014 I was a finalist in the national OUP Law Teacher of the Year Awards.

  • Teaching

    Department Of Law and Criminology

    Social Sciences and Arts

    I work in the College of Social Sciences and Arts and specifically the Department of Law and Criminology. 

    I have experience of teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. At postgraduate level I taught on the LLM Corporate Law and Strategy course and currently teach on the LLM in Legal Professional Practice. 

    Currently I am responsible for designing and delivering teaching on a variety of modules and am the Module Leader for Law of Torts and Company Law. I also lead the Law of Tort module on the LLM in Legal Professional Practice.

    In recent years I have taught on Criminal Law, Academic Legal Foundations, and still supervise dissertations in areas related to my teaching. Historically I have taught on Cyberlaw and Cyber Society and the English Legal System modules. I also have a specific interest in employment law related matters.

  • Research

    I have a particular intertest in the law governing psychiatric harm, and duty of the police in negligence in the law of tort. In criminal law, I am concentrating scholarly activity on sexual offences, specifically the law on consent and disclosure by the CPS.

    M Edwards, Company Law 2011/12 – Statute Seminar Companion (Longman 2011)
    M Edwards, Company Law 2012/13 – Statute Seminar Companion (2nd edn, Longman 2012)
    P Harris, An Introduction to Law (8th edn, Cambridge, 2015) – I made limited contributions to the company law segment of this book

  • Other activities

    I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have carried out consultancy work for international logistics companies and a leading distributor in the automotive industry. Outside of work I have provided legal guidance in respect of HS2 to a HS2 Action Group and Local Parish Council.

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