Mrs Rachel Wood

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  • Qualifications:MA (Oxon), Solicitor (Non-practising), Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy,
  • Position:Faculty Business Advice Clinic Director
  • Department:FBL - Law
  • Telephone:+4411732 82716
  • Email:Rachel.Wood@uwe.ac.uk

About me

I am FBL Business and Law Advice Clinic Director, with responsibility fof developing clinical education across the faculty.

My practice experience as a solicitor has developed in my teaching roles where I have previously led a range of modules including  Employment Law,  LLB Dispute Resolution Skills and Law in Action on the LLB,  Civil Litigation and Employment for the LPC and negotiation and advocacy for the MBA and Professional Skills Course.

I am a UWE  Learning and Teaching Fellow  and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.  I have been funded to develop a number of learning and teaching projects, most recently to explore how reflection is used in different disciplines across UWE and the challenges of developing reflective capacity experienced by UWE students. 

 I am accredited as a civil and commercial mediator and organise and coach students in mediation both within the law department and for national and international competitions.  In 2018 and 2019 the UWE teams I coached won the UK Student Mediation Competition, also picking up the award for Best Individual Mediator. 

Before becoming a solicitor I read for a degree in English Literature and Language at Oxford University.   I then converted to law and worked for Clifford Chance in London and Brussels as a commercial information officer and trainee solicitor.  I subsequently practised as a litigation and employment solicitor for a number of years in Bristol before moving into teaching in higher education.

I am currently studying part-time for a Doctorate in Education at UWE.  My research interests centre on the student experience of learning law, in particular, the nature of what it might mean to learn how to 'think like a lawyer' in different learning settings and the role that reflection plays in the learning experience for law students.

I am a committee member for the UK Student Mediation Competition.

 

 

Area of expertise

Civil Litigation;

Employment Law;   

Advocacy;

Dispute Resolution;

Clinical Legal Education;

Legal Practice Simulation;

Law and Literature

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