Staff Profile: Lynn Leighton-Johnstone

Title Principal, International Academy  Lynn Leighton-Johnstone
School International Academy  Faculty of Social Sciences
Tel. 01902 32 1588  
Room SH006  














Lynn is the Principal of the International Academy where she was formerly an Associate Dean in the School of Law, Social Sciences and Communications (LSSC).

Lynn has worked in partnership with colleagues, students and relevant external bodies in the region, community and overseas, to develop rich and creative work streams that add economic and educational value to the community, with the following outcomes:

  • generation of revenue growth
  • strategic partnerships
  • student growth
  • the Law Centre
  • developed a language offering for both the University and the community.  So whilst formal degrees are no longer offered we still have a foothold in relation to languages, enabling the University to respond to changes in Government policy.  Also following the statement by employers nationally she has created, through our short course language offering, the ideal vehicle for students to enhance their employability by the acquisition of language skills.  This work and EFL provision is now undertaken through the International Academy.

Lynn is an active member of the Faculty Senior Executive Team.



Certificate in High Performance Executive Coaching

1986 CertEd, The Polytechnic Wolverhampton

1983 MA, Keele University

1980 Barrister, Council of Legal Education

1979 LLB (Hons), The Polytechnic, Wolverhampton



  • Advising OCN re. content of Access to HE courses in Social Services for Region
  • QS Talbots - Consultant to Talbots Solicitors 1994 to date covering the following: Training, Business planning, quality, IPP & Lexcel accreditation & appraisal.
  • CAPARO Industries - Re Data Protection (2010)
  • Delivered in partnership with law firm a training session to all the senior management of CAPARO industries on the Act and how they needed to implement it.
  • Birmingham NHS Trust - Data Protection (2010)
  • Delivered to the Trust as part of their GP training session on Data Protection and patient confidentiality
  • Institute of Legal Executives (2007)
  • Advice given on content of future curriculum content for trainee legal executives
  • Legal Network Television - Advice on needs of high street practice (1997)
  • Price Waterhouse (Legal Skills) (1994)
  • OCR (1991) - (Re legal content of awards)
  • Sunblest Bakeries (1993 – 1990) (Commercial advice)
  • Proprietor of own retail business (1984 – 1986)
  • Non-Executive Director of family business (Leisure and Hospitality) (1981 – 1994)
  • Inserve Industrial Seminars (1980 – 1984) Commercial related seminars on debt recovery
  • Non-Executive Director of Red Advertising 2004 - date



  • Middle Temple (1979 - )
  • Association of Law Teachers (1980 - )
  • Society of Legal Scholar (2012)
  • Institute of Practice Management (1998)
  • Higher Education Academy (pending)


Working Groups

  • University Staffing Committee
  • International Board at the University of Wolverhampton
  • International Forum Group
  • Governor of Lucton School 2009
  • (Head of Education Committee)
  • Safeguarding Committee


Other Professional Activity

  • 1999 Various book reviews for Pitman Publication Ltd
  • 1998 – 2000 External Examiner South Bank
  • 1989 – 1992 Revision Course Hong Kong and Malaysia
  • 1989 – 1992 External Examiner, ATT
  • 1984 – 1999 ILEX Tutorial Services Lecturer
  • 1987-1990 and 1991-1997 Visiting Lecturer, University of Aston
  • 1989 Visiting Professor, University of Malta
  • 1983 External Examiner, Rima College (LLB), Malaysia
  • 1983 – 1999 Ilex Tutorial Services Distance Learning Tutor
  • 1981 – 1990 External Examiner, AEB ‘O’ Law


Research Interest

  • Internationalisation 21st Century Challenge
  • Legal Practice & Management
  • Safeguarding

Previous Research Supervision

  • Pedagogy relating to the learning and English Language
  • PhD/M.Phil. with Alan Slater – PACE changed law identification Parades in UK
  • ‘The Law on Sport’ a successful first class honours dissertation, 1992 by Alan Thompson a part-time student
  • ‘Identification parades’, in the conjunction with Masters Programme and Home Office
  • Various on Masters Postgraduate Aviation Law
  • Various on Undergraduate Programme
  • Various PT LLB dissertations
  • Participated in University PhD supervision programme


Conference Papers & Research Seminars

  • 2012 paper in Alternative Business Structures at University of Wolverhampton
  • 2006 LILI conference at Warwick University “The Development of Legal Skills the Wolverhampton experience.”
  • 2005 – LILI conference at Warwick University. – “The Synergies Between Managing a Modern University Law School and a High Street Legal Practice”.
  • 2001, 02 & 03 – Law Society, Legal Careers conference in Birmingham – “Studying Law and admission to University”.



  • Legal Practice Volume 1 ILEX Textbook, 2nd Ed, 1994
  • Talbot Tatler, Monthly updating publications for Talbots Solicitors, 1994 – 2002
  • Legal Skills and System Textbook (2 Chapters) HLT September 1993
  • Introduction to Law Volume 1 (ILEX) Textbook 1991
  • Introduction to Legal Practice Volume 1 (ILEX) Textbook 1991
  • Institute of Legal Executives Practice Updates twice a year 1990 1998
  • Insolvency Journal, “Company Directors Disqualification Act”, February 1987)
  • Insolvency Journal, Case note, November 1986 Stourbridge Chronicle “Data Protection and You”, February 1986
  • Association of Legal Secretaries Magazine “The Law of Data Protection”, February 1986

*These books were mandatory training text for Legal Executives throughout the country