Staff Profile: Margaret Walsh

Margaret WalshSchool

Wolverhampton Law School


Head of Academic Legal Studies

Contact details

Direct line: 01902 321575



University of Wolverhampton
Faculty of Social Sciences
Mary Seacole Building
City Campus North


Margaret studied Law and History at Keele University and undertook the Law Society Finals Examinations at the College of Law in Chester. She completed her training contact at Hawley and Rodgers, Loughborough, working in a number of fields including Criminal Law, Family Law, Employment Law and Commercial Law. After qualifying as a Solicitor Margaret worked in the Corporate Department of Edge Ellison in Birmingham before joining the University of Wolverhampton as a Senior Lecturer in 1990.  Margaret has  undertaken a  range  of  roles  including careers  advisor  for  law course leader for the  Law Society Finals course, course  leader for  criminal justice and for the  LLB and  joint law  courses. Margaret is Head of Department for Academic Legal Studies at Wolverhampton and has overall responsibility for the undergraduate law courses. Margaret is a regular reviewer  for Oxford University Press and Longmon Publications.

Academic qualifications

  • LLM Professional Practice
  • Admission as a Solicitor
  • BA (Hons) Law and History University of Keele

Teaching interests

Margaret has taught on the Legal Practice Course in Employment Law, Consumer Law and Professional Conduct.  She has also taught on Employment Law and on Criminal Justice on the undergraduate courses.  Her main teaching is in Criminal Law Research Methods and Legal Skills. She has responsibility for the dissertation module for all final year law students as well as for the Business and Community Link in law module. She also teaches on Criminal Law on a number of modules at both undergraduate and post graduate  level.

Corporate and community engagement

Margaret is a former chair of the Independent Advisory Panel for North Warwickshire Police.

Margaret raised funds for a publically accessible defibrillator for her local area and worked with the University’s  project to provide a number of defibrillators across the university.

Professional body membership and roles

Margaret is a member of the Society of Legal Scholars and  the Global Alliance for Justice Education

Research interests

Margaret’s research has focused on work-based learning and skills. Margaret has taken part in a number of university projects around raising aspirations of young people, seeking to encourage young people to study at university. Margaret is particularly passionate about widening participation in higher education.

Margaret has delivered conference papers and written on the areas of E-PDP, employer engagement in work-based learning, skills teaching and initiatives to engage young people in the study of law at university.

More recently Margaret has undertaken research into gross negligent manslaughter in particular in the context of the supply of drugs.

External academic roles

Margaret has acted as an external examiner for a number of other universities.  

Selected publications

"Embedding, Practical Work-Based Modules into a Traditionally Theoretical Programme" Education and Training Journal Vol. 49 No 3 2007 201

"Embedding PDP into the Curriculum" 2007, Association of Law Teachers Conference.

"School of Legal Studies Experience to Enhance Employability" 2007 University of Wolverhampton Placements and Employability Conference

"Embedding, Practical Work-Based Modules into a Traditionally Theoretical Programme" Education and Training Journal Vol. 49 No 3 2007 201

"Skills Teaching and Placement Learning" 2006 Learning in Law Conference

"Embedding Work Placements into the Curriculum" 2006 Association of Sandwich Education and Training Conference

"Employer Engagement with Higher Education Courses" 2006 University Vocational Awards Council

"Initiatives to Engage Young People in Law" Association of Law Teachers Conference 2005

"Initiatives to Engage Young People in Law” Directions United Kingdom Centre Legal Education 2005

"Thou Shalt not Covet the Boss’s Clients or Employees”1994 New Law Journal 1400