Tina supports law students from diverse backgrounds to transition successfully into legal education; to perform well in their law degrees; and to gain fair access into the legal profession. She is a qualified solicitor with a background in private client work. Tina teaches on both the undergraduate and professional postgraduate law programmes. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and has research interests in legal education, and equality, diversity, and inclusion.
Tina currently leads Year 1 of the undergraduate law programmes within the School of Justice, heading up a committed year 1 teaching team whose aim is to challenge students to do their best, while providing the academic and pastoral support necessary to make this happen. Her teaching specialisms are in legal skills, medical and mental health law, business law and solicitors’ accounts. She contributes to curriculum development projects, leading on initiatives to embed principles of equality, diversity, and inclusion into programmes at both a School and University level. She leads on several legal education research projects including the Fairness Project, an innovative cross-University project that equips law students from diverse backgrounds to tackle diversity barriers in the legal profession. She is currently involved in research focussed on effective strategies to make curricula more inclusive.
Tina's interest in social justice stems from her early experiences as a youth worker in Liverpool, a residential care worker in a school for children with special needs, and a teacher in a Zambian adult education centre. This led her into qualifying as a solicitor before taking on a teaching role at UCLan. She believes that law can be used as a tool to promote social justice and that legal education can be transformative for students from all backgrounds. Tina works to promote equality, diversity and inclusion in both legal education and the legal profession, through presenting at national and international conferences on a regular basis.