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Dr Karen Hadley


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Deputy Academic Dean

I have worked in Higher Education since 1990, starting as a lecturer in Law teaching Business Law and Consumer Law. Having led the development of the University of Sunderland's first qualifying law degree in 1999, I have taught Contract Law, Constitutional Law, and Jurisprudence in addition to continuing to contribute to the delivery of law modules within business courses.

After having served as Principal Lecturer (Teaching and Learning) and Principal Lecturer (Resources), I became Head of Law in 2004. I then became an Associate Dean for the Faculty in 2005 responsible for Quality Assurance and Enhancement and in 2010 I became the Associate Dean (Student Experience), while also continuing to act as Head of Law within the Faculty.

I obtained my doctorate in Education and Applied Linguistics from the Newcastle University in 2006 and in 2009 I passed the New York Bar Exam. In 2019 I became a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching and supervision

I have taught a range of subjects on both qualifying Law degree courses and Business courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, including business law, contract and tort, public law and commercial law. 

I have supervised project and dissertation work on a range of legal topics and I'm currently supervising three postgraduate students.

Research interests for potential research students

My PhD thesis focused on the right to education outlined in the European Convention on Human Rights and the extent to which this was genuinely recognised as a right in both European and domestic law. My main research interest is in this area.
  • Education Law and Education Rights
  • Constitutional Law
  • Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

Last updated 11 June 2019