Dear CHULS members,

Following the success of November’s workshop on Pracademia: ‘Exploring professional development through creative methods’, CHULS is delighted to launch a new professional development series around the theme of Pracademia. This comprehensive programme includes key topics around navigating career transitions, identifying development pathways, and unlocking and exploring the value that pracademia can bring to HE for all involved; for example, in terms of research and impact, teaching and learning, and employability.

In this follow up, interactive workshop, we briefly outline the inspiration for the initial paper, the methodological approach, and key findings before drawing on the follow up edited collection to help foster discussion and debate to identify ways in which leaders can support the professional development of pracademics in university law schools. Within the workshop, we will be sharing examples of specific barriers that pracademics may face, and initiatives that HEIs could take to help mitigate them, and inviting colleagues to share their own thoughts and suggestions around different institutional approaches as to what works, what doesn’t, and what might be possible.

As part of the workshop, colleagues will also be invited to work with us in developing a CHULS Pracademia community of practice in terms of what they’d like to see from, and what they could bring to, such an initiative. Details for the first workshop are as follows:

Event Title: Valuing Pracademia: how can leaders support the professional development of Pracademics in university law schools?

Event Date: Wednesday 10th April

Event Time: 17:00-18:00 via Teams

To book a place or if you’re unable to make the session, but are interested in finding out more about the proposed CHULS Pracademia community of practice, please register your interest by emailing This event is open to both Heads of Law as well as Deputy Heads of Law from each of our member institutions.


Dr Jill Dickinson is a Reader of Law at Leeds Beckett University. A former Solicitor, Jill is an SFHEA and has been shortlisted for National Teaching Fellowship. Jill was also appointed as a Reviewer for the Advance HE Global Teaching Excellence Awards, and invited to sit on the judging panel for the Yorkshire Legal Awards. Jill’s research interests focus on place-making and professional development and her approach to research has been recognised by the Emerald Literati Awards.