Law Lecturer Contributes to Radio 5 Live Discussion

On 14th of December, Aidan Flynn, Law Lecturer at Staffordshire University, contributed to a discussion on BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast.

He talked briefly, from a Constitutional Law perspective, about a recent vote that took place in the House of Commons. This vote was on an amendment (Mr Dominic Grieve’s amendment) to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. A majority voted in favour of the proposition ‘that the Amendment be made’ – voting figures were 309 to 305.

Here is a link to this discussion:
The relevant bit of the discussion is around twenty four minutes into the programme.

Proud to be Staffs: Proud of Our Partnerships

Aidan Flynn, Lecturer in Law, recently visited Heart of Worcestershire College: a UK partnership institution with Staffordshire University.

Aidan Flynn (right), with some of the law lecturers in the team at Worcester Law School

Aidan Flynn is pictured here with some of the law lecturers in the team at Worcester Law School, which is part of Heart of Worcestershire College.

The college is a UK partner institution of Staffordshire University; this partnership was formed over twenty years ago. Aidan is the university’s Link Tutor for Worcester Law School.

This recent visit facilitated conversations with both staff members and a substantial number of the students. These law students are studying on Staffordshire University programmes at Worcester Law School.

As well as being a partner of Staffordshire University, Heart of Worcestershire College is also a major, and highly regarded, UK centre of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives.

Teaching E.U. Law After Brexit (Conference)

Aidan Flynn, Law Lecturer at Staffordshire University, recently attended a conference at London South Bank University, titled ‘Teaching E.U. Law after Brexit and After Changes to Legal Training.’

London South Bank University Law Division advertised the conference as focusing “on the impact on the teaching of EU law as a result of Brexit and changes to professional training for Solicitors and the Bar”.

Speakers included David Hodson, Partner at iFLG (international Family Law Group LLP), and Simon James, Partner at Clifford Chance.

Aidan Flynn (centre) with David Hodson (left) and Simon Jones (right)


Senior Law Lecturer Receives Teaching Excellence Fellowship

Louis Martin, Senior Lecturer in the Law Department (in School of Law, Policing and Forensics), received the Staffordshire University Teaching Excellence Fellowship at the annual ‘Celebrating Staff Success’ event held on the 4th of October at King’s Hall, Stoke Town Hall.

Louis Martin (centre) with Head of Law at Staffordshire University, Ruby Hammer, and colleagues: Sallyann Mellor, Dave Tapp, Aidan Flynn and Rhonda Hammond-Sharlot

Louis teaches on courses including the LLB (Hons) Law

He is Course Leader for the BA(Hons) Criminology with Offender Management.

Join in The Conversation

Keep up-to-date with current academic and research news with Staffordshire University’s Law, Policing and Forensics topical contributions to The Conversation 

Aidan Flynn

Aidan Flynn, Lecturer in Law at Staffordshire University has contributed an article in The Conversation, titled ‘How the authorities can prosecute IS fighters who return to Britain – explained’. Read the full article here.




Professor James Treadwell

James Treadwell, a Professor in Criminology here at Staffordshire University, discusses the issue of ‘Why So Many Young British Men are Choosing to Carry Knives’, on The Conversation





How the idea of ‘modern slavery’ is used as political click bait‘ is an article Elizabeth A Faulkner, Lecturer in Law, has written for The Conversation



What a Welcom(ing) Week it was to Start the Academic Year

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The academic year has gotten off to a fantastic, albeit busy, start. Welcome Week saw the arrival of new and returning students and LPF staff were delighted to begin teaching.

LPF first year students were introduced to our staff


For our first year students, the week commenced with enrolment and welcome talks from the Vice Chancellor, Liz Barnes, individual subject talks, safety talks from Staffordshire Univeristy Police, the societies and clubs fair and exciting activities – allowing students and staff to get to know one another.



Students had the opportunity to chat to staff over a warm drink and biscuits and receive one of the departmental hoodies.

Students enjoyed a few activities to ease them into the academic year…

Students linking pipe cleaners together to represent increasing their social capital and networking

Criminal Justice and Forensic Science quiz winners: 1st Rebecca Wheeler & Hannah Blackburn. 3rd place Kathryn Davis.

… and the week ended with a mock court trial at Hanley Court.

The jury taking notes

Teaching is now well underway and our students are working hard and are eager to learn. Returning students are already getting involved with various assements, projects, and mentoring.

Course mentors for Level Four Criminal Justice and Forensic Science Students

Preparing the Crime Scene House for a practical














The Law Society

The Forensic Dive Club








Here is to a wonderful academic year: 2017-2018! #proudtobestaffs



Law Graduates Join Collaborative Research Project at HMP Stafford

In July 2017, two former students from the Law Department were invited to conduct research for the Governor at HMP Stafford. Tawney Bennett and Amber Mapledoram both graduated with a first class law degree in July. The two aspiring criminologists were invited to carry out research about complaints made by prisoners at HMP Stafford.


Tawney and Amber went through the prison officer induction process and were issued with their own set of keys.

Following the completion of our final year exams, Amber and I were selected to take part in a collaborative research and analysis project with HMP Stafford. We were asked by the governor to provide an independent analysis of the current prisoner complaints system and offer recommendations on how it can be improved. On completion, the report will be published for both staff and prisoners to have access to our findings. Further to this, we are currently undertaking a second research project on behalf of the deputy prison governor, which remains confidential at this time.



Amber Mapledoram

After undergoing a vigorous vetting check, we obtained the iconic prison guard accessories, the belt and chain used to draw a set of keys. This gave us unrestricted access to the prison estate to begin our research.

We began by familiarising ourselves with the facilities, touring the wings and speaking to the prison staff. Following this we moved onto the data collation and analysis, coding and analysing in excess of 1700 prisoner complaints. We also compiled a questionnaire for residents of the prison to complete, in order to provide us with a general overview of how the prisoners felt about the complaints process. Our next step in our research is to conduct intensive interviews with a small sample of inmates, in order to explore their perspectives in greater depth.

Tawney Bennett

Amber and I have had the privilege of working closely with both the governor and deputy governor of HMP Stafford, accessing confidential information that is inaccessible to the general public. An incredibly eye-opening experience for any lay person, the opportunity has heightened our interest in the field of prisons and punishment and further enhanced our researching skills ready for progression onto further post-graduate study. We have been given an unprecedented insight into the prison estate and we hope to continue our partnership with HMP Stafford on many more research projects in the near future.

Tawney Bennett, LLB

Proud To Be Staffs: Strong Partnership with Local Solicitors

The placement-partnership scheme, which started this year, offers valuable work experience in a successful, local Solicitors.

Leslee Griffiths, Practice Manager at “Beeston Shenton Solicitors in Newcastle” said they “are delighted to be working in partnership with Staffordshire University offering regular weekly work experience placements to the University’s Law students. The placement scheme began this year and has been a great success with students attending the Beeston Shenton head office in Newcastle three days per week and learning all about the daily workings of a busy law firm. On the back of this successful programme, Staffordshire University is currently arranging the new placements which will begin with Beeston Shenton from September 2017.”

“If you are interested in a work experience placement please contact Gary McNally at the University or Leslee Griffiths, Practice Manager at Beeston Shenton Solicitors via email to”


A Staffordshire University Law Graduate – What next?

“It is this work ethic and desire to explore opportunities that I am grateful to Staffordshire University for. The ambition was always inside me, it just needed nurturing and encouraging”

“Grades do matter of course, but what employers want to see and want to employ is a person” – Llloyd Myatt.

It is all a blur. At least, this is what I remember: nervously sitting there at 08:59am, waiting for my results somewhere in June 2016, then graduating in July and starting my Masters in September; it really does happen so fast.

At this moment in time, I am currently studying my Masters, which is an LLM in International Law at Keele University. It may be so close geographically to Staffordshire University, but they could not be further apart from their teaching style, approach and research. The different experiences have been a great benefit and my studies will only become richer from it. It is what I will carry with me when I graduate in January 2019.

Studying part-time is giving myself the opportunity to participate in other things, such as Citizens Advice, marathon running and preparing my PhD applications. My PhD will concern the modern doctrine of pre-emptive force and whether it has any legal basis under International Law. This is something modern and exciting that I cannot wait to explore further at PhD level. With this being said, a PhD is a bold prospect as you leave the general studies of law to something specific that interests you; you are likely to contribute to research in your field of interest.

It is this work ethic and desire to explore opportunities that I am grateful to Staffordshire University for. The ambition was always inside me, it just needed nurturing and encouraging. This is exactly what the lecturers did for me: they inspired me and personally wanted me to achieve. They also pushed me to go the extra mile to make myself not only the graduate that I wanted to be, but also the person I wanted to be. Getting involved in the competitions and activities during my time at Staffordshire University enabled me to network, to gain contacts and, most importantly, to develop as a person.

It is this experience that is my advice for anyone currently studying at Staffordshire University or who has just graduated. Enjoy your time, do everything that you can, no matter how silly it may sound or be. I (including a few friends) were involved in the gardening society, played five-a-side and helped with the video for the Legal Advice Clinic.

You can never do enough, as there is always more that you can put in. Grades do matter of course, but what employers want to see and want to employ is a person. A person who has experienced everything, whether it be working serving coffee, raising money for charity or even taking a gap from education to raise children, work full-time or to even travel the world.

Current students, graduates and anyone else concerned, do as much as you can. Make yourself known, build up your CV and develop yourself into the person you decide to be. Whether this be in legal practice, academia, business, human resources, real estate or finance, management or even producing. Your degree is the key to so much, it is you that has to open that door.

The best of luck.

Lloyd Myatt LLB (Hons)
LLM Student in International Law

Graduates of 2017

Proud friends and family members cheered as our – School of Law, Policing and Forensic – graduates received their much-deserved certificates, yesterday afternoon in Trentham gardens.

Guests were not alone in celebrating the success of our graduates. Staff, dressed in their gowns which demonstrate their academic achievement, applauded the achievement of their former students. Speeches were given by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Liz Barnes, our Dean of Law Policing and Forensics, Sean Curley, and the Student Union Vice-President, Swetha Reddy.

Nigel Meadows, Senior Coroner of Manchester City and former LLB Law graduate of Staffordshire University was awarded the Honorary Doctor of Laws. He is also a member of the group for the National Enquiry into suicide and homicide by people with mental illness, a Director of Training for Coroners for the National Judicial College and a representative of the Coroners Society on the Forensic End Users Group.

Kayleigh Sheppard and Alison Davidson, one of Staffordshire University’s own Specialist Skills Technicians, were award their PhDs.

Kayleigh Sheppard, PhD, with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Liz Barnes

Kayleigh’s thesis was titled ‘An evaluation of the use of 360 degree photographic technology in a forensic context’.

“My thesis explored the use of 360 degree photographic technology for recording and presenting crime scenes in the courtroom and sought to validate such technology for use within criminal investigations. In addition, the research sought to adapt the existing camera technology to incorporate lighting systems to allow the detection and visualisation of biological fluids at crime scenes [and] to make such camera technology systems more versatile within criminal investigations.”

Alison Davidson, PhD

Alison’s thesis was titled ‘A study of the Potential Evidential Value of Perfumes, Antiperspirants and Deodorants in Forensic Science’.

“I was interested in whether the aroma chemicals we apply to our skin and clothes every day can tell investigators who we are and what we do, and whether, if a suspect leaves a garment at a crime scene it could be matched to the suspect later by the smelly chemicals on the clothes and skin. As I’m still working in the Analytical Methods Laboratory I’ll be continuing to research the human chemical profile and what it can reveal about our lifestyle.”


After the ceremony, celebratory drinks were had and there was no shortage of places to have a celebratory bite to eat. The sun had finally made an appearance and many took the opportunity of taking momentous photos in the scenic grounds of Trentham. The Staffordshire University merchandise also proved a great success.




Overall it was wonderful day and university staff and current student ambassadors enjoyed sharing the day. Congratulations graduates of Law, Policing and Forensics!