Dr Caroline Keenan
Stella Turk Building G2:06
I am Director of Education for the Law School in Cornwall. I have the pleasure and privilege to work with such a dynamic and engaged group of staff and students here to create an environment in which everyone in our diverse community of learners can flourish. I am also Director of the Law and Business programmes for the Law School. I work with my colleagues in the Law and Business Schools and across the University to ensure that these ground breaking interdisciplinary degrees are a blend of the two disciplines; that we develop the core legal and business skills of our students - ensuring that they are uniquely employable and that everyone enjoys themselves in the process.
I have worked in several law schools in Russell Group universities over the last twenty years and have won awards for my teaching, including Academic Fellowship of the Inner Temple. I have convened a range of modules, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, from large core subjects to small specialist group teaching. During this time I developed my interest in inclusion in the teaching and learning of law and active, student-lead learning. My research and practice now centres upon the supporting student learning at degree level, blending face-to-face and online environments.
My research has always been inter-disciplinary, examing how people use and understand law in action. I have conducted research for the Home Office which contributed to major reform of the law on sexual offences and in procedures relating to the prosecution of offences against children. I wrote (with Laura Hoyano) Child Abuse: Law and Policy Across Boundaries, which won the first Inner Temple Book Prize for Outstanding Legal Research. Most recently (2014-2017) I have been a Senior Research Fellow in the Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn Campus, Cornwall, researching human conflict relating to the environment. I have also practiced as a mediator, (from 2014-2018) specialising in family disputes.
PhD, University of Sheffield, 1994
The Development of the Law and its Implementation in the Investigation of Child Abuse
ESRC Postgraduate Scholarship and University of Sheffield Scholarship
LLB (Hons. 2.1), University of Sheffield, 1991
Graysons’ Prize for Family Law
Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy 2020
Higher Practicing Certificate in Mediation (Legal Aid Board accreditation), Family Mediation
My legal hero is Constance Baker Motley, a civil rights lawyer who fought nearly every important civil rights case in the United States for two decades and then became the first black woman to serve as a federal judge. She excelled in the quiet, painstaking preparation and presentation of lawsuits that challenged racial segregation across the United States. Her legal victories including in the landmark school desegregation case of Brown v. Board of Education in 1954 meant that Gov. George C. Wallace of Alabama and other staunch segregationists yielded, kicking and screaming, to the verdicts of court’s ruling against racial segregation.
Current Director of Education Law School, University of Exeter, Cornwall (Penryn) Campus
Jan –May 18- INTO University of Exeter, LLP Law Module Coordinator.
Dec 14–Dec 17. Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter
• Research Fellow on ESRC grant Doing TB Differently
• Senior Research Fellow. Local decision-making and Knowledge Exchange in Bovine TB
• Visiting Research Fellow. Social Impact Assessment of Isles of Scilly Seabird Recovery Project
Jan 14 - Dec 17 Accord Mediation, Truro, Cornwall
Mediator, including for high conflict family mediations. Legal Aid qualified.
Oct 13–Oct 14. University of Bristol Law School.
Oct 11–Jul 12. University of Birmingham Law School, Senior Teaching Fellow
Oct 09–Oct 13. University of Bristol Law School. Senior Teaching Fellow
2007–2009. Parental leave career break
2004–2007. Queen’s University Belfast, School of Law. Lecturer in Law
2002–2003. University of Durham, Durham Law School. Lecturer in Law
1995–2002. University of Bristol Law School. Lecturer in Law
2000 - Visiting Professor at Washburn University, USA
Jul 2000- Aug 2001 Visiting Research Fellow at University of Waikato, New Zealand