Our External Outreach
The Centre for Law, Science and Policy collaborates with a variety of external experts and organisations, to further its aim of enabling varied disciplines to collaborate and solve global challenges.
See below for some of our external collaborators.
Professor Lissa Griffin is the James D. Hopkins Professor of Law at the Elisabeth Haub School of Law at Pace University in New York.
Professor Griffin is an expert in comparative criminal law and procedure and directs the Pace University Criminal Justice Institute.
Professor Griffin co-supervises doctoral research undertaken in the Centre for Law, Science and Policy, and has collaborated with Dr. Sarah Cooper on a number of projects about wrongful conviction and forensic evidence.
Dr Hugh Koch
Dr Koch is a clinical psychologist and has been a pioneer in civil litigation, developing the interface between psychology and law in civil cases. Dr. Koch is both a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and the Expert Witness Institute. He is collaborating with the Centre for Law, Science and Policy to further his interest in improving the interfaces between law and psychology, especially in his current research area, namely ‘tolerance of uncertainty’ amongst experts, and the assessment of credibility in civil cases.
Dr Mark Eccleston-Turner
Dr. Eccleston-Turner is a lecturer in law at Keele University. Mark’s research interests are in medical law and ethics, intellectual property rights, and international law.
Mark has particular expertise in vaccine regulation and the World Health Organisation, and co-supervises doctoral research students in the Centre for Law, Science and Policy examining these topics.
Arizona Justice Project & Katie Puzauskas, Esq.
The Arizona Justice Project is one of the oldest members of the Innocence Network.
The Arizona Justice Project engages with a variety of cases and wider criminal justice system issues that relate to scientific evidence.
In 2017/18 the Justice Project will support the Centre for Law, Science and Policy’s examination of medical clemency procedures in the USA.
Katie Puzauskas, a contract attorney with the Justice Project, and Supervising Legal Clinic Attorney at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, will lead the project’s contribution.
For more information, see the Project's website.
The Nuffield Foundation is a charitable trust founded by Lord Nuffield, the founder of Morris Motors. The Nuffield Foundation aims to improve social well-being by funding research and innovation, and building research capacity through providing placements.
The Centre for Law, Science and Policy supports the Nuffield Research placement scheme for sixth form students, which focuses on STEM. The scheme provides talented students with hands-on experience of professional work environments during the summer period. The Centre welcomed its first students in 2017; providing projects that develop their research, analysis, organisational, and presentation skills.
2016/17 Nuffield Foundation Students
- Arfa Asif
- Thomas Ruscoe
2017/18 Nuffield Foundation Students
2018/19 Nuffield Foundation Student
- Malwina Maduzia
Blog Post from Malwina Maduzia
The Nuffield Placement Scheme is an outreach program that partners with the BCU’s Centre for Law, Science and Policy each year .The placement scheme is made to allow sixth form students to gain experience in STEM, and the Centre for Law, Science and Policy reimagines what that collaborative project between science and law can look like for each student. This year I was chosen to undertake the 4-week placement under the supervision of Dr Sarah Cooper and Dr Friso Jansen. Despite my initial thoughts of the placement seeming untraditional in the STEM field, I approached it with a positive attitude hoping to gain some transferable skills; I was rightfully rewarded and gained far more than expected.
My project was outlined by Dr Jansen on my first day. The project focused on using the HCPTS (Health and Care Professional Tribunal Service), analysing 50 recent final hearings and formulating my own deductions on the process and components involved. The service is used as a court for Healthcare professionals, and when a misconduct is identified, it is decided by ab medical panel, if their practice is impaired and they are appropriately sanctioned. My first fears were that having no contact with law previously, I would be completely lost in this new world of policy and guidelines, but with help and determination, I quickly adapted to my project. Throughout, I learnt a whole new set of vocabulary, knowledge and discovered the close relationship between law and the medical professions that I analysed. So, despite initial concerns, the project became one of my proudest achievements, as it helped me develop a new set of skills that I will benefit from even after the placement.
Being able to work in such a welcoming and rich environment of talent and academia was also a very exciting part of my placement. Attending RESFEST in my first week was one of my main highlights. RESFEST, is a research festival held at Birmingham University that allows researchers of all backgrounds to come and share their work, tips and experience with the research community. I attended many interesting presentations, one of them was delivered by Rose Tempowski. She discussed the different laws regarding young offenders in the United States and how contrastingly they would be treated between the different states based on the same crime, which to me was very fascinating. This experience helped me learn about the gripping research which occurs within the University. The ability to speak to so many different scholars shed light on the variety of routes that research holds and unexpectedly enriched my confidence in making connections within an academic environment.
During my second week I got the chance to meet PhD students Rose Tempowski and Amelia Shooter, who told me about their research and talked about their academic process. They were able to talk about their beginnings with University life and their journey which gave me a more personal insight into my own future decisions
One of the major benefits of my placement, was the chance to experience University life .My schedule was very flexible , having the altering days off and on campus brought diversity to my experience and learning. Being able to have days to work on my project and other days meeting new people, collaborating on projects is in good preparation for when I attend University in the close future. Seeing those ongoing projects in the University was also a significant part of the placement, it triggered my thought process and allowed me to become engaged, I didn’t experience one monotonous day at my placement which requires a lot of recognition to the organisers.
I most definitely would encourage other students to apply to the Nuffield Placement Scheme, and if any student is placed in this wonderful centre, they should know it will be one of the best places to get that experience. The atmosphere, the work, the people made my time there enjoyable and academically enriching. I would like to thank Dr Cooper and Dr Jansen for allowing me to be part of their team for this time, and all those who took the time to make my stay even richer.