Dr Craig Newbery-Jones

Dr Craig Newbery-Jones


I joined the School of Law as a Lecturer in Legal Education in September 2018. Prior to this I was Associate Head of Law, University of Plymouth (2013-2018) and Lecturer and Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Exeter (2010-2013). I am a graduate of the Universities of Exeter (LLB, PhD), Lancaster (LLM by Research) and Plymouth (PGCAP). I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am dedicated to improving the student learning experience and have a keen interest in pedagogical theory, research and innovation. I have led numerous projects during my career based around Experiential Learning, Technology Enhanced Learning and Problem Based Learning. I am also interested in how law programmes can better embed employability skills in the undergraduate curriculum and have worked on numerous projects that have focused on this specific area of pedagogical practice.

Finally, I am also interested in transition and the transitional experience of students coming to study law at university. I have recently authored a guidebook to studying law with Imogen Moore (University of Bristol) titled The Successful Law Student: An Insider's Guide to Studying Law to guide and assist students in their transition to studying law. 


  • Deputy Director of Student Education
  • Academic Reader on University of Leeds Digital Programme Approval Group (DPAG)
  • Faculty Digital Education Academic Lead

Research interests

As an interdisciplinary scholar, my main research interests include: Legal Pedagogy, specifically, Experiential Learning in Law, Technology-Enhanced Learning, Employability Education and Transitional Education; English Legal History, Legal Heritage and Crime Heritage, specifically, Nineteenth Century English Legal History; History of the Press in Nineteenth Century England, Public Engagement with Historical Research and Heritage; Law in Popular Culture, specifically the Lawyer in the Press and Popular Culture; and Legal Professional Ethics.

I have published and delivered papers internationally on subjects related to these interests and I also sit on the editorial boards of a number of journals; including the Journal of Comparative Legal History and Law, Crime and History, as a general editor.

I am proud to be a founder of and external consultant to the #CHITCHAT (Crime, History and Institutions: Transdisciplinary Conversations in Heritage, Art and Transmedia) Research Initiative. #CHITCHAT? is a sandpit for research collaboration, and a forum for the development of tools that encourage public engagement with our research findings and other heritage materials. At its core, this initiative engages academic researchers, industry professionals, heritage stakeholders, and the general public in transdisciplinary conversations around Crime, History and Public Institutions through transmedia methods, sources, and platforms. This initiative has included an initial seminar to bring together various academics, heritage providers, industry professionals, and technical specialists, to discuss possibilities for projects and strategise around methods and platforms for dissemination.

<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • LLB (Hons) Exon 2008
  • LLM by Research (Lancaster) 2009
  • PGCAP (Plymouth) 2014
  • PhD Exon (2019)

Professional memberships

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • SOLON: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Group in Law, Crime and History
  • #CHITCHAT (Crime, History and Institutions: Transdisciplinary Conversations in Heritage, Art and Transmedia)
  • European Society for Comparative Legal History
  • Society of Legal Scholars

Student education

I currently contribute to the following modules;

  • Foundations of Law
  • Researching Law
  • Lawyer, Ethics and Society
  • Dissertation

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education
<h4>Postgraduate research opportunities</h4> <p>The school welcomes enquiries from motivated and qualified applicants from all around the world who are interested in PhD study. Our <a href="https://phd.leeds.ac.uk">research opportunities</a> allow you to search for projects and scholarships.</p>