What a year … and some news

Goodness, it is over a year since a blogged on here! And what a year … The #deskcats have provided constant company and entertainment. Cordelia (pictured) now has quite a following, both among my students, and internationally.

I’m so proud of all the work that we’ve done on the Health Governance after Brexit project. We presented at (virtual) conferences and published a load of analysis: academic and policy-focused. We worked with ShoutOutUK to make our film widely available, and to write some learning materials for A level students to use alongside the film. Over 4000 people so far have seen it. We’ve agreed a contract with Hart/Bloomsbury for ‘the book of the project’.

I also published some other things: the big research handbook on comparative health law is nearly complete. The Jean Monnet EU Health Law and Policy network published a special issue of the Journal of Health Politics Policy and Law on Health Care and the Fate of Social Europe. I was honoured to be invited to write for the new European Journal of Legal Education.

I obviously couldn’t do any of the planned work or non-work travel, but like many others, I’ve kept links alive and connected with new people through virtual platforms.

And on 1 April 2021, I’ll be taking up a new position, in The City Law School, City, University of London. This will be a place to work closely with others who share my research, learning and teaching interests: in EU law, in health law (broadly defined), in equality and diversity, in legal pedagogy. The City Law School teaches some of the best upcoming legal minds in the country – people who will go on to the highest judicial positions, become QCs, or partners in global law firms. And it also serves a much more diverse, mainly locally-based community of students, who don’t have a Russell Group A-level profile, but have chosen to study law, perhaps as the first in their family to university. I am really looking forward to collaborating with my new colleagues, students and staff alike.

Although I’ll always be a Northerner at heart, and Sheffield will still be home, there’s no doubt it will be easier to do policy work with a London base. And I’ll be working – as I always do – with people at different career stages, colleagues and students alike, and hoping – in some small way – to help them to achieve their goals.

Here’s to the next phase!

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