Pracademia: Exploring professional development through creative methods 

 CHULS will be hosting an online event between 5pm and 6pm on Thursday 23rd November entitled Pracademia: Exploring professional development through creative methods. This interactive workshop will be facilitated by Dr Jill Dickinson, Reader of Law at Leeds Beckett University and Teri-Lisa Griffiths, Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. Further details can be found below.

Attendance is free of charge but booking is essential. If you would like to reserve a place, simply email Janey on The link to join the online session will be circulated to those who have booked a bit closer to the time. Please note, that you must be a paid member of CHULS to attend 


Drawing on our recently published edited collection, we invite colleagues to join us for this interactive workshop that focuses on the topic of pracademics (those with dual practitioner and academic professional experience). During the session, we will outline the inspiration for our research, summarise our methodological approach, discuss the key findings, and outline our proposed next steps for this stream of research. We also invite members of the audience to explore the creative method that we used for this research by asking colleagues to pre-select an artefact that they believe best represents their own professional identity and/or career transitions, and bring it with them to the session. In the workshop, we will collectively draw on these artefacts to engage in collaborative discussion around professional development. The session will primarily focus on two key themes: the value of pracademia and how leaders could support pracademics alongside those who have taken more traditional academic career paths. 



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. 


Teri-Lisa Griffiths is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. Her teaching is focused on the development of student employability and academic skills, working with external partners to provide relevant and high-quality experiences for students. Her research interests are student engagement, and professional development. As a former careers adviser, Teri-Lisa is interested in how education and professional identity can influence career and development choices. She is a co-founder of the pracademia community of practice.