Emma Flint

Emma Flint

Birmingham Law School
Birmingham Fellow (Learning and Teaching)
Director of Education (CEPLER)

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Emma joined Birmingham Law School in December 2014 as a Birmingham Fellow. She is a qualified solicitor, having spent nearly ten years working as a corporate lawyer in firms in London and Birmingham. In 2008, Emma left private practice to take up a law lectureship and was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority in 2014. 

Her research interests lie around legal education and pedagogy, blended learning approaches and technology enhanced learning.

Emma is also the Director of Education within CEPLER, the Law School's Centre for Professional Legal Education and Research.

Qualifications

  • Masters in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, Birmingham City University
  • Diploma in Legal Practice, Nottingham Law School
  • LLB, The University of Sheffield

Biography

Emma completed her law degree at the University of Sheffield and then worked as a corporate solicitor at firms in Birmingham and London for nearly ten years. While in practice, she advised clients on private equity transactions and mergers & acquisitions work.

Having left practice in 2008, Emma previously held a senior lectureship at Birmingham City University and joined Birmingham Law School in December 2014 as a Birmingham Fellow. While at Birmingham City University, she was presented with Awards for ‘Engaging and Inspiring Teacher of the Year’ and for ‘Employability Orientated Teaching’.

Emma was made a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2014.

Teaching

  • Introduction to the Study of Law (LLB)
  • Legal Method and Skills (LLB)
  • Law of Torts (LLB)
  • Land Law (LLB)
  • Advanced Property Law (LLB)

Research

Emma’s research interests lie broadly in legal education and pedagogy. Her work to date has explored student experiences of online learning, use of ePortfolios and reflection within learning and teaching, blended learning approaches student engagement and employability.

Funded Research

Sept 2012 - July 2014

Emma was part of a BCU cross school research team which was awarded a £50,000 HEA collaborative grant to undertake a research study around literacies and employability.  The project involved other HEI (Wolverhampton; Coventry) piloting the framework developed initially by the BCU research team. 

Jan – Aug 2014

Emma was awarded a HEA research grant of £7000 as part of the ‘Supporting the Future of Legal Education’ call following publication of the Learning and Education Training Review in 2013. The project, entitled ‘Land law for the next generation?’ focused on the evaluation of the re-design of assessment methods and teaching and learning practice in a core LLB Module, Land Law. The re-design has involved a shift away from the traditional end of year exam to a more blended approach which utilises ePortfolios and a reflective approach where students will evidence their learning journey through the module. The aim was to assess the “process” of learning rather than simply the “product”. The project outcomes (a set of online open resource tutorials/eBook and an evaluation report) provided the wider HE community with a toolkit to enable them to embed new teaching practice and utilise digital technologies to a greater extent within their own teaching practice

Other activities

In the Law School, Emma works alongside colleague sin the Centre for Professional Legal Education and Training.

As a Birmingham Fellow (Learning and Teaching) she is a member of the Teaching Academy.

She is also a Panel Member and Assessor for the University’s Professional Recognition Programme (UKPSF).

Publications

Peer-reviewed and Edited Publications

  • FLINT, E and RODEN, J. (2013) ‘Social Media: An effective way to create partnerships that support student induction?’ In NYGAARD et al. (eds) Student engagement: identity, motivation and community. Oxford: Libri Publishing
  • FLINT, E (2014). ‘Using case-based learning to enhance undergraduate students’ employability’. In NYGAARD et al. (eds) Case Based Learning in Higher Education. Oxford: Libri Publishing
  • FLINT, E and KING, S. (2015) ‘Reality Bytes: academic reflections on the lived experience of e-Portfolio use’. In NYGAARD et al. (eds) Technology Enhanced Learning in Higher Education. Oxford: Libri Publishing

Conference Papers

  • FLINT, E ‘A tale of two polls: reflections from a Law Pollware User’  Paper presented 23 June 2015 at Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Birmingham
  • DONALDSON, A, FERRIS, G and FLINT, E. ‘The four R’s of an LLB: Referencing, Research, Relatedness and Rhetorical Competence. An invitation to the research community’ Paper presented at SLS Conference September 2014 (Legal Education stream)
  • DAVIES, H and FLINT, E. ‘A question of ethics?’ Paper presented at IALS W.G. Hart Legal Workshop June 2014
  • FLINT, E and KING, S. ‘Apocalypse Law?’ Paper presented 19 May 2014 at the HEA Social Sciences Conference 2014, Birmingham.
  • FLINT, E. ‘Land law for the next generation?’ Paper presented 23 January 2014 at the HEA Law Summit on the ‘Future of legal Education’, Loughborough University.
  • FLINT, E. ‘Student academic partnerships within the Law School at Birmingham City University’. Paper presented 4 July 2014 at the HEA Annual Conference ‘Powerful Partnerships: defining the learning experience’, University of Warwick.
  • FLINT, E., FRENCH, A and TAYLOR, P. ‘Literacies for employability (L4E): a framework for developing workplace literacy through the disciplines’. Paper presented 24 May 2013 at the HEA Social Sciences Annual Conference ‘Teaching research methods; developing a pedagogical culture in the social sciences’.