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Faculty Research Collaborations

School of Law - Research - Research Projects - Faculty Research Collaborations Image 300x250 - People sat around a laptop The School of Law supports a number of voluntary and paid schemes in the Faculty for Business, Law, and Social Sciences that provide students (at all levels) the opportunity to gain ‘hands-on’ research experience, and to collaborate with academics and their peers.

Many of our projects involve cross-disciplinary partnerships. Below, you'll find details on all of our projects across the Business, Law and Social Sciences (BLSS) faculty, past and present.

BLSS Small Development Grants

Small Development Grants fund academics to undertake pilot studies with a view to using the results of those studies as platform for larger research projects. Academics often use the funds to employ students as research assistants.

2017/18 Projects

Project: Prison Conditions Reform: An Evaluation of the Effectiveness of Californian Mechanisms for Review of Prison Conditions

Grant Holder(s):Dr. Anne Richardson-Oakes and Dr. Nkem Adeleye

2016/17 Projects

Project: Judicial Interpretation of Expert Evidence

Grant Holder(s): Dr. Sarah Cooper and Dr. Paraic Scanlon

2015/16 Projects

Project: Investigating Medical Clemency Procedures in the USA

Grant Holder(s): Dr. Sarah Cooper


BLSS Scholar Scheme

The School of Law supports the BLSS Scholar Scheme, which provides a paid research experience for one student scholar in each school of the faculty. Students are selected based on merit.

2017/18 Projects

Project: Assessing the impact of the Supreme Court’s decision in R v Jogee through an exploration of the Jury’s Assessment of ‘Inferring Intention’ in Joint Enterprise cases.

BLSS Scholar: Sophie Brookes

Academics: Jill Molloy and Dr. Paraic Scanlon


BLSS Voluntary Research Assistantship Scheme (VRAS)

The VRAS is organised to help students gain research-based experience and knowledge at Levels 4 and 5. Students are selected based on their performance in their degree assessments.

2017/18 Projects

Level 5 Projects

Project: The Use of the Social Science Brief in US Constitutional Litigation for Social Change

Academics: Dr. Anne Richardson-Oakes

Student Partners: Matilda Rendall


Project: Judicial Decision-making and Scientific Uncertainty

Academics: Dr. Sarah Cooper and Dr. Paraic Scanlon

Student Partners: Amy Harker


Project: US Sanctuary Cities and Legal Implications

Academics: Ilaria Di-Gioia

Student Partners: Maira Tariq


Level 4 Projects

Project: Copyright and Popular Music

Academics: Dr. Ewan Kirk

Student Partners: TBC


Project: US Law on State sponsors of Terrorism

Academics: Dr. Petra Minnerop-Röben

Student Partners: TBC


Project: Identifying Interested Parties in Prison Reform in the US

Academics: Dr. Sarah Cooper

Student Partners: TBC


BLSS Student Researcher Scheme (SRS)

The School of Law supports this faculty-wide scheme that provides paid research experiences for numerous students in each school, who are selected after a competitive application and interview process.

2017/18 Student Researchers
  • Shanice Leigh-Blackwood
  • Kinavi Seff
  • Qasim Uddin
  • Jemma Stanford
  • Matilda Rendall
  • Robyn Barnett