- Criminal legal theory, with a focus on mens rea
- Law and Literature
- Doubles fiction
- Gothic literature, specifically C19th
January 2015-present Cardiff University – PhD Student
Inner Mind as Outer Self: The Double as the Physical Manifestation of the Internal Mind in Literature and the Criminal Law (working title)
2011-2014 Cardiff University – Graduated in July 2014 with second class honours, division one (2:1)
LLB Law: Modules included Trusts, Law of the European Union, Intellectual Property, Sociology of Law and Jurisprudence.
2009-2011 St. David’s College Cardiff
A-Levels: Law (A*), Welsh (A*), English Literature (A), Early Modern History (B).
2004-2009 Corpus Christi High School Cardiff
GCSEs: A* – English Language, English Literature, Welsh, Spanish, History, Music, Science, Religious Studies. A – Maths, Additional Science.
AS in Government and Politics (A), AS in Statistics (B), Cambridge Pre-U Level 3 Qualification in Global Perspectives and Independent Research (Distinction Three – ‘D3’), Level 1 Qualification in Latin (A*).
Evidence Law Module Tutor, Cardiff School of Law and Politics – September 2016-Present
- I began teaching on the Evidence Law Module of the 2016-17 autumn term, and have found the experience to be immensely rewarding. Although it is my first year as a tutor, teaching has been an absolute joy and I look forward to my tutorials every week, which is due in no small part to the support of my module leaders and the attitude and receptiveness of the students themselves. I achieved a grade of ‘excellent’ on my latest teaching observation’. Every week I am delighted to see the students develop in knowledge of the subject and confidence in applying the law, and I will continue to strive to achieve the best for my students and myself.
Research Assistant, Cardiff School of Law and Politics – August 2014-Present
- I have worked as a Research Assistant to Professor John Harrington of Cardiff Law School since completion of my undergraduate studies. I have input into the development of the first Law & Literature module at Cardiff. This has involved identifying and summarising the most relevant articles for set topics, digesting the material and cross-referencing my findings with other sources, and has given me insight into managing a large-scale academic project. Recently, I have organised the launch of Professor Harrington’s book ‘Towards a Rhetoric of Medical Law’.
- I have also assisted with an outreach project for the Sherman Theatre and Cardiff’s Law and Literature module, developing links with the Sherman’s creative director Andrew Sterry.
- As a Research Assistant to Professor Jiri Priban, I have input into the development of the Centre of Law and Society research group at Cardiff Law School, researching and collecting information about upcoming events, and publicising it on social media, developing links with similar research centres inside and outside of Cardiff, and organising conferences, workshops and symposia for the CLS whilst raising the profile of both the centre itself and the research culture at Cardiff School of Law and Politics: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/research/explore/research-units/centre-of-law-and-society.
Watkins & Gunn, Cardiff – One week placement 13th-17th January 2014
- Won a placement at the firm through entering an essay competition (organised through The Cardiff Award and StretLaw), where I was required to demonstrate my understanding of commercial awareness.
- Given the responsibility of checking and organising a large and complex current medical negligence file, obtaining necessary information, paginating the documents, and compiling a contents and index.
- Attended court with a partner, and sat in on client/ partner meetings which provided invaluable insight into the practical aspect of law in Wales and the importance of client care.
Glamorgan Law, Cardiff – One week placement 1st-5th July 2013
- Developed my commercial awareness and understanding of the way Law works in practice by working within a small team on various cases, and completing assignments with efficiency, professionalism, and attention to detail.
- Drafted a number of official documents such as a certificate of reconciliation, statement of arrangements, divorce petition, and a court order. Sat in on meetings between the family law department and clients and appeared in court, typing up the notes I made into an official report.
Cardiff Crown Court – One week placement 21st-25th February 2011
- Gained invaluable insight into the practical aspect of the legal system in Wales and learned the value of listening and communication skills whilst observing cases and networking with barristers and solicitors.
Aberystwyth Law School Postgraduate Conference 2017: ‘The Interwoven Relationship of Law and Media’, 30th-31st March 2017
- Presented a chapter of my thesis to fellow postgraduate researchers at Aberystwyth’s annual law conference organised by PhD students.
Society of Legal Scholars Graduate Conference, Oxford University, 6th September 2016
- Presented a chapter of my thesis to fellow postgraduate researchers at the annual SLS conference, networking with students from universities in the UK and further afield, discussing our research goals and plans for the future.
Strathclyde Postgraduate Law Conference 2015: ‘Considering Contemporary Challenges in Legal Theory, Legal Practice and Legal Methods’, 5th-6thNovember 2015
- Presented my thesis to fellow postgraduate researchers at Strathclyde Law School; engaged with students from various universities around and outside of the UK and discussed PhD formalities, content and research goals.
Cardiff School of Law and Politics, Postgraduate Research Symposia, May 2015, 2016 and 2017
- Presented my research to Cardiff colleagues at the biannual interdepartmental symposium for three consecutive years.
- April 2016: The Doctoral Academy’s Small Group Teaching in the Humanities
- January 2016: Seven Secrets of Hugely Successful Researchers, led by Hugh Kearns (Flinders University)
- September 2015: Law’s Metaphors, led by Professor David Gurnham (University of Southampton)
- May 2015: Practical Project Management
- April 2015: Critical Appraisal of Research Papers
- Feb 2013: Skills Development Service’s Speaking and Presenting Stages 1 and 2.
- March 2013: Ernst & Young’s Commercial Awareness and Team-working.
- March 2013: Endsleigh’s Manage Your Brand for Cardiff Award Students.
Musician, St Peter’s Folk Group – 2005-present
- I have been an active member of my parish music group since I was in Year 8 of high school; we play at the 9.30am mass every Sunday and at special occasions including weddings, holy communions, Taize, Easter and Christmas.
Host/ Presenter on Xpress Radio – October 2013-April 2016
- During my time as a presenter on Cardiff University’s student radio station, I hosted a weekly live show from 2013 to 2016 spanning a variety of types, time slots, and musical styles from solo morning shows (Guitar Junction, Mornings on Xpress) to co-hosting an evening slot of alt-rock music (Uncharted). I would meet regularly with my producer and co-host(s) to plan each week’s show in advance alongside my regular university work.
Cambrensis PR Firm, Cardiff – Two week placement 7th-28th January 2013
- Developed communication and research skills as my responsibilities included researching and contacting potential supporters of the Welsh Government’s Organ Donation campaign.
- Working as part of a small team, I had to be flexible to ensure tasks and deadlines were met.
- Great opportunity to practice my conversational and formal written Welsh skills through a variety of platforms including email and telephone.
SKILLS AND ACHIEVEMENTS
- 2016: My short story ‘Wednesday’s Child’ won Horror Scribes’ ‘Fright Cards’ writing competition [link coming soon].
- 2016: My short story ‘The Wrong Face’ was selected to be part of an online issue of the UNL student-run Folks Publishing group, which you can read here.
- 2012-2013: Completed the Cardiff Award to a level 3 standard (the highest pass). The University’s employability award, I was selected to participate. Over an academic year I completed 70 hours of work experience and attended professional development sessions which focused on problem solving, negotiating, networking and commercial awareness. The Award developed my time management, professionalism and self-awareness. You can read my blog post about my experience of the Cardiff Award here.
- 2012: Completed the Skills Development Service Certificate of Professional Development (sponsored by PwC) in Communication, which provides training on listening, awareness, customer communication and negotiation skills.
- Achieved Cambridge Pre-U (Baccalaureate equivalent).
- Awarded the WJEC Student of the Year for A-Level Law (2011), Most Committed Student in A-Level Law and Welsh (2011), and Outstanding Endeavour in GCSE History (2009).
- Welsh speaker to A-Level standard, conversational Spanish.
- IT literate: Proficient using Microsoft Office 2010, Windows and Mac, Squiz+ Editing and legal database Westlaw.
- Commercially aware: My placements at Watkins & Gunn, Glamorgan Law, and Cambrensis Communications PR Firm allowed me develop my knowledge, understanding and practical application of the way businesses operate through the efficiency of its staff working together to achieve a common goal within a competitive industry.
References on request.