Ms Lydia Bleasdale

Ms Lydia Bleasdale


I have been teaching at the School of Law (primarily in the areas of criminal law and criminal justice), since 2005. I am a graduate of the LLB Law programme at the University of Leeds, and of the University of Oxford’s MSC Criminology and Criminal Justice programme.

When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family (including our boisterous Border Collie); I engage in sporadic attempts at long-distance running; and I regularly shuttle back and forth over the M62 to my beloved Goodison Park, where I have held a season ticket for longer than is sensible.  


  • Director of Community Engagement

Research interests

My primary research interests are student resilience, student wellbeing, clinical legal education and criminal law. My most recent research, conducted with Sarah Humphreys as part of a year-long fellowship to the Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence (LITE), examined undergraduate student resilience across six different disciplines at the University of Leeds. The findings are influencing how student resilience is approached within the University, as well as contributing to the academic literature in this field.

In April 2017 my paper ‘‘Contextualising Resilience Amongst Law Students’ was awarded the Stan Marsh Best Paper prize at the Association of Law Teachers Conference.

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  • LLB Law
  • MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice

Professional memberships

  • Association of Law Teachers

Student education

I primarily teach criminal law, including supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate dissertations in that area. 

In addition to my teaching and research commitments, I am the School of Law’s Director of Community Engagement. I oversee a range of opportunities through which the School engages with the local communities in and around Leeds, including the award-winning Welfare Rights project; a scheme assisting litigants in person; and public legal education projects (StreetLeeds and StreetLaw). All of these projects provide students with the opportunity to work with clients, community partners and/or lawyers, at the same time as developing skills of use within a wide range of careers.

In 2018 I won the national Oxford University Press Law Teacher of the Year Award. 

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education