Dr K Ragavan is a Senior Fellow of the Advance HE. Prior to joining Birmingham University Dubai, she worked in five countries in a legal career spanning more than eighteen years as a Barrister in Malaysia, a Solicitor in England, Lecturer in Law and International Student Tutor, and later, as a Consultant for Newcastle Law School.
She was also a Visiting Lecturer for the School of Marine Sciences and the Module Leader for the MSc International Business Law to Marine Engineers in Dubai and Singapore. She is known for designing and setting up academic programmes for undergraduate and postgraduate students, namely the International Student Intensive Guidance and Development programme (ISIGP) and mentoring programme that received many commendations from Newcastle University in significantly increasing student passes and quality of results achieved in their study whilst reducing attrition rates, leading to awards of exemplary practice by the UK Internal Subject Review panels and the Newcastle University Faculty of Teaching and Learning. Based on this contribution to the field of knowledge in the UK, she was appointed Reviewer for several top UK academic journals including Studies in Higher Education and the Journal of Innovation in Education and Teaching International.
She is appointed a Distinguished Associate of the Institute of Educational Leadership of the University of Malaya, Malaysia. She was also appointed Fellow of the National Institute of Teaching Ethics and Professionalism in US and Legal Ethics, UK. She has led workshops and given talks by invitation at many institutions in the UK, including leading workshops for new lecturers on effective teaching pedagogy for international students, Assessment and Feedback Issues for Teaching International Students in Law at the University of Warwick, UK, workshop funded by the European Network on Clinical Legal Education for developing ethically sensitive clinicians, to name a few. She also sat on University panels for implementing Internationalisation and Mentoring at Newcastle University and have been consulted by departments within the University on setting up academic programmes for International students. She has published research articles in legal education, law of evidence and ethics, and has taught on many undergraduate and postgraduate law modules including Law of Evidence, Law of Contract, Public Law, Legal Institutions and Methods, Criminal Law, Law of Tort, International Business Law and various academic skills development modules earning her two nominations for the Vice Chancellor’s Distinguished Teacher’s Award and Contribution to Outstanding Feedback respectively.