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Judge to chair newly established University of Bradford School of Law Industry Advisory Board

Published: Wed 26 July 2017
Judge to chair newly established University of Bradford School of Law Industry Advisory Board

As part of the School of Law’s plans to further enhance the student experience and to guide the School through a new legal landscape, we have established an Industry Advisory Board to help guide the future of the School and the programmes it offers.

Chaired by Employment Judge David Jones (pictured right), the board has a diverse membership made up of senior academics from other universities and legal practitioners from the local region. The remit of the board is to advise the School on maters as diverse as strategic development and vision, curriculum design and employability.

Zahir Irani, Dean of the Faculty of Management and Law said:

“As well as advising the School on their academic programs, the Board will help ensure that our programmes remain relevant and exciting. A key feature of the School is in enhancing the employability skills of our students so that when they leave us they are ready for the career they seek to pursue. We believe the guidance from members of the Judiciary and practicing barristers and solicitors will be invaluable and I am thrilled that they have agreed to join the board

I am delighted that Judge Jones has agreed to Chair the Board. Judge Jones practiced as a barrister for 28-years, ultimately becoming the Head of Broadway House Chambers before being appointed as a full time Judge. David is a son of Bradford and his commitment to the University and the city together with his vast experience in practice will be invaluable.” 

Abimbola Olowofoyeku Professor Abimbola Olowofoyeku of Brunel University (pictured right) has accepted the post of Deputy Chair. Professor Olowofoyeku has over 30 years experience in academia, holding several senior managerial roles in a number of law faculties, and is an expert in constitutional and taxation law.

A key focus for the School is to instill in our graduates the skills required to enter the workplace with confidence and in possession of the skills that employers need.

The School already incorporates clinical legal education, legal ethics, professionalism and career development into in to its core modules but the aim of the School is to place employability side by side with academic excellence.

Deputy Head of the Law School, Ian Miller, himself a barrister with many years experience in practice, said:

“In years to come we want to see ‘employability' as a byword associated with Bradford student’s. Whether our students enter the legal profession or business or any other profession, our aim is to provide every opportunity for our students to be seen as some of the most employable graduates in the country”

The Industry Advisory Board will meet three times a year and will review the curriculum of the all schools programmes and pathways as well as discussing the schools future and ensuring that the education we provide is relevant and engaging.

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