On this page we list general news items of interest to the CHULS community.

Friday, 26th February 2021

Some Heads start their Headship having had the opportunity to work closely with a Head over a number of years. Others may have had a route better described as going from zero to Head. With the exception of the lucky few, most new Heads find being a Head to be a rather overwhelming experience. Some may have access to a mentor or a coach while others may not. To facilitate Heads in search of mentoring or advice from an experienced or former Head, CHULS now has a Mentoring Initiative. Please contact the CHULS administrator, Jill Torr, at, for a list of Heads and former Heads who have volunteered to be mentors.

Wednesday, 16th December 2020

After much consideration, the Executive has taken the difficult decision to proceed with an entirely remote CHULS Annual Residential Conference for February 2021. We know that this will be a disappointment for many of you. However, on balance, we reached the shared view—after delaying a decision for as long as possible—that it would not be sensible to proceed with an onsite conference experience this year. The Executive hopes to be able to organise an in-person summer event when the circumstances allow.

Instead, we will be working with Warwick Conferences to deliver a remote annual ‘residential’ experience at the usual time (25th-26th February 2021). Our programme features our two plenary speakers: Professor Vincent Rougeau, Dean of Boston College Law School and President-elect of the American Association of Law Schools, and Chris Millward, Director of Fair Access and Participation at the Office for Students. The programme and registration can be found under ‘Annual Residential’ on the website.

Building on our experience of recent years, we are planning to include a series of five minute, pre-recorded ‘interventions’ by CHULS members. We believe that this format is ideal for members to share their experiences of the pandemic, focusing upon particular challenges and how they were overcome. If you are interested in making an intervention, please get in touch with the Chair directly, at

In light of the impact of the pandemic on law school finances, we have decided to make this year’s remote event free of charge. However, please do register in advance by completing the registration form and returning it to Jill Torr ( We very much hope that if you have not been able to attend the traditional residential conference that you will be able to attend the remote version. As an innovation this year, given the remote format, we are opening the conference to heads of law schools in other jurisdictions to join us. Therefore, please do feel free to forward the information to anyone leading a law school elsewhere who would be interested in taking part. They can simply register with Jill using the booking form. Even if you are unable to attend the entire conference, please do feel free to ‘drop in’ for part of the event!

Friday 9th October 2020

The Executive of CHULS is pleased to announce that registration is now open for a series of online workshops on Academic Career Development in the Law School. These workshops are a joint initiative with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies. They are aimed at legal academics at all career stages. Attendance is free but advance registration for each workshop is required. Details on the workshops can be found at:

Friday the 21st of August 2020

CHULS is a signatory to a submission by five law academic associations [.pdf] to the Legal Services Board with respect to the application by the Solicitors Regulation Authority for final approval to implement the Solicitors Qualifying Examination.

Tuesday the 24th of March 2020

A letter to the CHULS membership from the Chair and Vice-Chair.

Sunday the 15th of March 2020

The Executive of CHULS has taken the decision to postpone the planned One Day Workshop, ‘Academic Career Development in the Law School’, scheduled to take place on the 21st April at the University of Liverpool. We will seek to reschedule this next academic year.

Friday, 31 January 2020

In association with the law professional associations, CHULS is a signatory to a letter to the Solicitors Regulation Authority in relation to the timing of the proposed introduction of the Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE). The text of the letter can be found here.

Tuesday the 17th of December 2019

In conjunction with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, CHULS will be hosting a one day workshop on Academic Career Development in the Law School on the 21st April 2020. Further information can be found here.

Tuesday the 17th of December 2019

The 2020 Annual Residential Meeting for CHULS members will be held at the University of Warwick on 27th-28th February 2020. The programme can be found here.

Friday, 8th March 2019

In conjunction with the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, CHULS will be hosting a one day workshop on Wellbeing and Resilience for Law School Managers on 29th May 2019. Further information can be found here.

Thursday, 21st February 2019

At the annual meeting of the Full Committee, a revised Constitution for CHULS was agreed by the membership. The Constitution can be found here.

Friday, 27th April 2018

Following the decision by the Legal Services Board as regards the application by the Solicitors Regulation Authority in relation to the proposed Solicitors Qualifying Examination (SQE), the learned associations in law – the Association of Law Teachers, the Society of Legal Scholars, and the Socio Legal Studies Association – as well as CHULS, have issued a statement in order to make clear that the decision of the Legal Services Board does not in itself mean that the SQE has been approved. That statement can be found here.

Friday the 10th of November 2017

CHULS is a member of a reference group set up by the SRA to discuss the implementation of the SQE. The group met recently has circulated to its members these documents. Heads of School might find these a useful update.

  1. SQE Draft Assessment Specification – June 2017 [.pdf]
  2. SQE Reference Group Presentation Julie Brannan [.pptx]
  3. Note of SQE reference group meeting- 3 November 2017 [.pdf]

Sunday the 10th of September 2017

It is with deep regret that CHULS announces the death of its former Chair Professor Chris Gale. Chris died on the evening of the 5th of September 2017. Many of you will have known Chris in his Leeds Met (now Leeds Beckett) days, and as the founding Head of the Law School at Bradford. His service to his discipline through CHULS and the ALT was exemplary. His kindness, generosity and wry sense of humour will be missed by all of us who worked with him. I am sure that you will all extend your sympathies to his family. As yet I have no further details but when they are available they will be posted here.

Tuesday the 25th of April 2017

The SRA have announced that it will bring the era of the QLD to an end by introducing the SQE 1 and 2. The text of the SRA media’s release on the new SQE can be seen here.

The SRA’s response to the most recent Consultation can be found here.

Friday the 24th of February 2017

Annual CHULS Residential:

At the 2017 Residential Daff Richardson and Anna Frankum from Pennington Manches gave a presentation on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). A handout containing their powerpoint slides from their session can be found here [.pdf].

CHULS were delighted to welcome Professor Fiona Cownie (PVC Education) Keele University who gave a session on Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). A handout containing the slides from Fiona’s presentation can be found here [.pdf].

Call for Papers: 

The Centre for Information Rights at the University of Winchester is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 4th interdisciplinary Conference on Trust, Risk, Information & the Law (TRILCon17) to be held on 3 May 2017.

The conference will focus on Artificial and De-Personalised Decision-Making: Machine-Learning, A.I. and Drones, and our keynote speakers will be Professor Katie Atkinson, Head of Computer Science, University of Liverpool, an expert in Artificial Intelligence and its application to legal reasoning, and John McNamara, IBM Senior Inventor, who will speak on ‘Protecting trust in a world disrupted by machine learning’.

Deadline for proposals for papers, posters and workshops is 27 January 2017. For more details, please go to: 

Sunday the 31st of July 2016

Members will be interested to see that a fund has been established in Professor Jill Poole’s name (see below news item). It can be accessed using this link:

Friday the 3rd of June 2016

CHULS members will be saddened to hear of the death of Professor Jill Poole. She was most recently Head of the Law Group at Aston University and Deputy Dean of the Business School at Aston. Jill served on the Executive Committee of the Society of Legal Scholars and was well known to many in the legal academic community. She was an ardent and committed supporter of legal education. We will all miss her kindness and generosity.

Jill passed away on Wednesday May 31st following complications arising from surgery. As soon as information about commemoration or memorial arrangements become available they will be posted here. In the meantime I am sure that you would all join me in sending sympathy to her family and friends for their loss.

Professor Sally Wheeler, MRIA, FAcSS.
Head of the School of Law
Queen’s University Belfast