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about What Makes Us Different

What really sets us apart from other universities is the guiding principle that future lawyers and business leaders should learn in a realistic, professional and contemporary context, with plenty of practical interactive engagement. That's why we keep our contact hours high and our teaching groups small.

With an alumni network of over 97,000, you can stay connected, remain informed and take advantage of a wealth of specially negotiated privileges and discounts.

Our Alumni Network spans 155 countries, providing you with networking, mentoring and employment opportunities across the globe.

The Alumni Network connects you to over 11,800 businesses and organisations worldwide, allowing you to tap into an incredible pool of alumni talent.

Our Heritage

We are the largest provider of legal education in the UK (HESA 2021/22). We can trace our origins to 1876 with the formation of tutorial firm Gibson & Weldon, and in 2016, we opened our leading Business School. With a rich heritage and a reputation for innovation and contemporary teaching practices, we continuously focus on developing the best legal and business minds.

Our Strategic Plan

Find out about our ambition and vision for the future.

View our Strategic Plan ➔

Innovative and Contemporary Teaching Practices

All of our courses – from our undergraduate law degrees to our diverse range of business courses and postgraduate programmes – are designed with a unique, varied and innovative learning approach proven to deliver self-reliant professionals who can compete in the fast changing professional world. With a focus on developing skills in problem-solving, weighing up arguments, critical thinking and commercial awareness, our courses are designed to prepare you for the real-life challenges of the working world. 

Powerful Connections

Our track record of excellence in learning and development has helped us establish worldwide connections within the legal and business industries. This is why many leading global law firms and businesses work exclusively with us to develop their people, and why employers of all types want to meet our students. It’s why law schools and professional bodies around the world choose to enter into strategic alliances with us.

We have a vast network in the legal industry and deliver legal training to 91 of the top 100 law firms, with exclusive relationships with 61 of the top UK law firms and many of the most prestigious US firms in the UK, including those listed below. 

 

              

 

          

 

          

 

        

 

          

 

             

 

               

 

         

 

    


Our many international partnerships allow us to provide a rounded, global outlook to business and law.

World Class Teaching

More than 250 of our lecturers are qualified lawyers and business professionals, and all have extensive practical experience which they are able to pass on to our students. We facilitate this process with high levels of student-to-lecturer contact time and small class sizes - one of the reasons that many firms insist their trainees study with us.

Focused on Employability

We focus exclusively on practice-based training and give students access to our expert Careers and Employability service database as soon as they accept a place with us. Students also benefit from our pioneering and award-winning pro bono programmes, which allow them to gain valuable work experience by helping real clients from the local community.

TEF 2023

In September 2023 we were awarded an overall Silver rating, with a Gold rating for Student Experience and Silver rating for the Student Outcomes in the Office for Students (OfS) Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for 2023.

An overall Silver rating indicates that the student experience and student outcomes are typically very high quality. The award reflects our dedication to nurturing intellectual curiosity, fostering critical thinking and supporting students’ personal and professional development.

The TEF is a national scheme run by the OfS that assesses undergraduate courses and aims to encourage excellence in teaching, learning and student outcomes. It is a rigorous and independent assessment of teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes for undergraduate programmes in higher education institutions.

Rated a 5 star Institution by QS

In June 2021 we were awarded 5 stars in the World University Rankings, by global higher education analysts, QS (Quacquarelli Symonds). QS states a typical five-star institution is “generally world-class in a broad range of areas, enjoys an excellent reputation and has cutting-edge facilities and internationally renowned research and teaching faculty.” As well as achieving an overall 5 Star rating as an institution and for the Law subject, we have achieved 5 stars in Teaching, Employability, Online Learning, Academic Development and Inclusiveness and 4 stars for Specialist Criteria for our LLB and Internationalisation.

Widening Access and Participation

We take our responsibility to widen access and participation within legal and business education seriously. Our Access and Participation Plans with the Office for Students detail our ambition and strategy to widen access and participation.

Introduction to our Access and Participation plans (video) ➔

Access and Participation Plan 2024-25 to 2027-28 Summary ➔

Access and Participation Plan 2024-25 to 2027-28 ➔

Access and Participation Plan 2020-21 to 2024-25 Summary ➔

Access and Participation Plan 2020-21 to 2024-25 ➔

Access and Participation Plan 2019-20 ➔

Access and Participation Plan monitoring Provider Impact Report 2019-20 ➔

Academic freedom and freedom of speech

Our values

We embrace diversity of experience and background and we are deeply committed to delivering outstanding academic experiences and outcomes. Academic freedom and freedom of speech are intrinsic to a fulfilling higher education experience, and we are committed to providing an environment where differing views, opinions and beliefs can be exchanged.

Academic freedom

Academic freedom is the freedom for staff and students, acting within the law, to question and test accepted ideas and theories, to advance new ideas and controversial or unpopular opinions without fear of legal or disciplinary action. We consider respect for academic freedom and its concomitant obligations as a core value central to its status as a place of learning. Our Academic Freedom Policy sets out the processes that we have in place to support and protect academic freedom.

Freedom of speech and expression

We encourage an atmosphere of tolerance to enable open discussion and to debate a wide variety of ideas, some of which may be controversial. Our Freedom of Speech and External Speakers Policy sets out the steps that we will take to ensure that freedom of speech, within the law, is secured for all members of the university community and visiting speakers. 

Degree Outcomes Statement

As set out in the UK Standing Committee for Quality Assessment’s (UKSCQA) Statement of Intent, Higher Education providers are expected to publish a Degree Outcomes Statement analysing their institutional degree classification profile and articulating the results of an internal institutional review. The publication of Degree Outcomes Statements helps providers demonstrate that they meet the expectations of the Quality Code for Higher Education that relate to protecting the value of qualifications and the Office for Students' ongoing conditions of registration on academic standards.

52avav’s Degree Outcome Statement follows the guidance provided by the UKSCQA on producing Degree Outcome Statements.

Read our Degree Outcomes Statement 2022 ➔

External Examiner Reports

External examiner annual reports are an important tool in helping the University assure the academic standards of its awards. All reports are thoroughly reviewed by the relevant Academic Board sub-committees and programme management teams, with all issues, actions and responses carefully recorded and monitored. Reports are published on the University’s website in accordance with QAA guidelines.

Please click below to see the most recent external examiner reports for each programme.

Academic Masters in Law

2021/22

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Mair Coombes Davies

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Jonathan Howden Evans

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Ishan Kolhatkar

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - George Letsas

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Sharon Sinclair-Graham

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Ann Thanaraj

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Danya Young

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Jingchen Zhao

Business School (UG & PG)

2021/22

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Dabir Ahmed

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Victoria Broadbridge

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Tom Crick

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Parmod Garg

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Benaliza Loo

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Aiden McKearney

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Donna Murray

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Patricia Perlman-Dee

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Andrew Salmon

Criminology and Policing

2021/22

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Natacha Harding

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Richard Heslop

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Billie Lister-McNeill

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Ian Palmer

GDL and MA Law

2021/22

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Ian Charles Brookfield

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Helen Hudson

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Nigel Hudson

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Ian King

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Lisa Mountford

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Victoria Roper

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Sharon Sinclair-Graham

2020/21

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Louisa Ashley

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Juliet Brook

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Ian Charles Brookfield

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Ian King

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Luke Mason

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Lisa Mountford

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Victoria Roper

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Sharon Sinclair-Graham

LL.B

2021/22

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Julian Creasey

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Sabrina Germain

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Russell Hewitson

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Karen Jones

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Janet Spence

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Jingchen Zhao

2020/21

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Julian Creasey

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Russell Hewitson

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Karen Jones

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Janet Spence

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Jingchen Zhao

LL.M (SQE 1&2)

2021/22

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Louisa Ashley

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Penny Carey

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Helen Hudson

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Stephanie Jones

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Ian King

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Ishan Kolhatkar

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Jingchen Zhao

LPC

2021/22

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - David Amos

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Alan Birbeck

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Catharine Biggs

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Deveral Capps

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Penny Carey

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Helen Chalk

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Philip Doble

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Jonathan Howden Evans

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Helen Hudson

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Stephanie Jones

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Robert Price

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Mark Richards

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Elizabeth Smart

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Yog Upadhyay

External Examiner’s Report 2021/22 - Alan Wilkinson

2020/21

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Catharine Biggs

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Alan Birbeck

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Deveral Capps

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Penny Carey

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Helen Chalk

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Philip Doble

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Helen Hudson

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Mark Richards

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Darren Shaw

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Elizabeth Smart

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Yog Upadhyay

External Examiner’s Report 2020/21 - Alan Wilkinson

PgDL and MA Law (Conversion/SQE1)

2021/22

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Ian Brookfield

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Penny Carey

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Andrea Cochrane

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Helen Hudson

External Examiner's Report 2021/22 - Ian King

How We Spend our Fees

The University strives to provide value for money by continually committing to investing in and enhancing the student experience.

Learn how we deliver value for money ➔

View our financial statements ➔

Sustainability

Discover what we’re doing to help tackle the global climate crisis with the support of our students and staff.

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Safeguarding

52avav recognises that it owes a duty of care towards all members of the University community and an enhanced duty towards those under the age of 18 and adults who risk to ensure that they are safeguarded against the risk of abuse. The University considers its duty to pay due regard to the need to prevent people from the risk of being drawn into terrorism [the Prevent Duty] as part of its safeguarding duties.

The University encourages a culture whereby all members of the University community feel safe, involved and socially included in University life. A number of policies and procedures have been developed by the University and these can be found within our policies.

Our policies ➔

If you have a safeguarding concern and you know which campus the individual of concern attends you can email SafeguardingTeam[name of campus]@law.ac.uk. Alternatively you can contact [email protected]

Heritage

Discover our rich history of providing education from 1876 to the present day.

More about our Heritage

Governance

Find out more about our Board of Directors and Executive Board.

More about our Governance

Transparency Return

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HAAFIZ SULEMAN, ASSOCIATE, CLIFFORD CHANCE, 52avav ALUMNUS

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partnerships UK

We foster strategic partnerships with leading organisations, businesses, employers and professional bodies.

partnerships International

We have an extensive partnership network across the world.