Forward Thinking, the new journal created by Birmingham City University’s School of Law, showcases the excellent research collaborations between students and staff in the School of Law.

The ability to conduct rigorous research is a key skillset in every sector. Forward Thinking compiles highlights from the School of Law’s impressive portfolio of research opportunities for students. In 2018/19, the School of Law provided over 100 opportunities for students to work with staff on research projects; diversifying the School’s research community and developing students’ employability skills.

In 2018/19 projects ranged from literature review tasks evaluating domestic and international case law, to projects focused on improving the School’s Virtual Learning Environment and exploring the SQE. Students also had the opportunity to work on research projects connected to the School of Law’s wide global network, including lawyers and organisations in the USA. Students contributed to The UPR Project at BCU’s submissions to the UN’s Universal Periodic Review; informing the international community about human rights practices of UN member states.

The Co-Leads of the Staff and Student Research Collaborations, Dr. Alice Storey and Laura Smillie, have found that both students and staff have really enjoyed their experiences working together and have learnt a lot from it. Going forward, they said that:

“The School of Law is very keen to collaborate with Birmingham’s wider legal community to develop opportunities for students to work on projects that would be valuable to practitioners. Please get in touch with us if you’d like to discuss a potential project.”

Forward Thinking is now available online here.

Alice.Storey@bcu.ac.uk

Laura.Smillie@bcu.ac.uk

@BCU_Law

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