Dr Melanie Crofts

Job: Senior Lecturer in Law

Faculty: Business and Law

School/department: Leicester De Montfort Law School

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 366 4351

E: melanie.crofts@dmu.ac.uk

W: www.dmu.ac.uk

 

Personal profile

A Senior Lecturer in Law at De Montfort University (DMU) and previously at the University of Northampton (UoN).  Lecturing since 2001. 

Awarded her doctorate in 2014 which focused on the implementation of the Public Sector Equality Duties within higher education, with a particular emphasis on race and disability.   The research also considered a number of broad policy implications in relation to the implementation of equality legislation in higher education. 

Melanie has taken an active role in furthering the equality agenda and influencing strategy within higher education locally and nationally.  Currently Fair Outcomes Champion for the Faculty of Business and Law at DMU, part of the Freedom to Achieve Project to address the BAME attainment gap.

Member of the Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network. Principle Investigator for a HEFCE funded project considering sexual violence on campuses. Report published 2019: New Spaces: Protecting Students from Violence and Hate.

Formerly Equality and Diversity Representative on the University and College Union Branch Executive Committee at UoN. 

Director and Chair of the Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council and a former member of the Northamptonshire Football Association (NFA) Inclusion Advisory Group and NFA Local Football Disciplinary Panel. 

Member of the Athena SWAN panel, judging applications for the Equality Challenge Unit/Advance HE and took part in a symposium on Gendered Experiences of Research at the University of Chester.

Invited to be a member of the ECU Athena SWAN working group influencing national equality policy. 

Former member of Northamptonshire Police Independent Advisory Committee and the Stop Search Working Group. 

Currently consultant equality and diversity trainer for the Football Association, training their Disciplinary Commission members and Chairs, Anti-Discrimination Panel members and Anti-Discrimination Commission Chairs.

 

Research group affiliations

Sexual Violence and Domestic Violence Research Network.

Publications and outputs 

Presentations and Conference Papers

Stream Chair for the Race and Gender Equality: Discourses of Power, Responsibility and Resistance Stream, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Rotterdam, July 2019

Panel Chair for the Approaches to Inequalities Conference: Shades of Grey, University of Northampton, Sept 2018 

“I’d be reluctant to… start putting a whole bunch of bureaucratic machinery in place for a problem that don’t exist or is marginal.” The Challenges of Addressing Gender Based Violence in a Campus Context.” Approaches to Inequalities Conference: Shades of Grey, University of Northampton, Sept 2018

“Challenging Gender-Based Violence within the Campus Transition” Dilemmas Conference, University of Northampton, Sept 2018

Stream Chair for the Striving for Gender Equality within Public Services stream, Dilemmas Conference, University of Northampton, Sept 2018

Stream Chair for the Striving for Gender Equality: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Stream, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion -Progresses, Setbacks or New Challenges? Conference, University of Montreal, Aug 2018

“If you’re not pissed off you’re not paying attention” “let’s fuck things up”: Reflecting on critical and radical pedagogy, Facilitator - Cracker Barrel session, Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Northampton, May 2018

Formal Equality, Legal Compliance and the TEF: Impetus for Change? ALT Conference, University of Keele , March 2018

Consent on Campus – Challenging Gender Based Violence ALT Conference, University of Keele, March 2018

‘Consent on Campus – Challenging Gender Based Violence’ Building Bridges Conference, Chania, Crete, July 2017

‘Liberalism and race equality in higher education: The shift from the mandatory to the persuasive’, Higher Education Advances (HEA’d) 2017, University of Valencia, June 2017

Stream Chair for the Education beyond Borders stream, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Brunel University, June 2017

‘Safe Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate’ Keynote address, London School of Business and Management, Learning and Teaching Conference, July 2017

‘Barriers to BME Women in Higher Education’ Presentation at Lincoln University, May 2017 ‘Formal and Substantive Equality in Higher Education’ University of Northampton Faculty of Business and Law, Research Seminar Series, January 2017

‘Equality Processes in Higher Education: A Case Study’ Society for Research in Higher Education, Newport, December 2016

‘The Impact of Empowerment in Teaching & Learning and Innovative Assessment’ Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Northampton, May 2016

Stream Chair for the Education and Inclusion stream Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Tel Aviv University, July 2015

‘The Public Sector Equality Duty: Formal Equality, Institutional Processes and Legal Compliance in Higher Education’ Equality Act – Five Years On, University of Chester, June 2015

‘Criminal Conflicts – A Legal Learning Case Study’ Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Northampton, May 2015

‘Formal Equality in Higher Education’ Approaches to Inequalities Conference, University of Northampton, Sept 2014

‘The Impact of the Formal Equality Stance on Institutional Processes and Legal Compliance in Higher Education’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Munich, June 2014

‘The Perceptions and Politics of Equality and Diversity in Higher Education’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Toulouse, July 2012

Publications

Hill, K and Crofts, M ‘Safeguarding Student Spaces and Creating on-Campus Conversations about Consent, Sexual Violence and Alcohol Consumption’ Paper submitted to Health Education – awaiting peer review

Crofts, M., Hill, K.M., Prokopiou, E., Barrick, R., Callaghan, J., & Armstrong-Hallam, S. (2018). New Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate. Report produced for the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) [September 2018]

Crofts, M. & Sneddon, S. T. Equality in Legal Assessment: A Scoping Study [2009] 3 Web JCLIThe Impact of the Public Sector Equality Duties on Higher Education: A Case Study, July 2014 (PhD thesis)

Research interests/expertise

Equality and Diversity, Public Sector Equality Duty, Equality in Higher Education, Sexual Violence and Gender Based Violence in Higher Education, Discrimination Law, Critical Race Theory.

Areas of teaching

Criminal Law

Gender and the Law

Aspects of Discrimination in Business

Qualifications

BA in Law and History

LLM

PhD

Courses taught

LLB, LLM

Honours and awards

Nomination for a Student Led Teaching Award for Advancement of Equality and Diversity, University of Northampton 2018

Nomination for a Changemaker Award for I Heart Consent Week 2017

Nomination for the Student Led Teaching Award, University of Northampton 2017

Nomination for the National Diversity Awards 2016

Nomination for the Student Led Teaching Award, University of Northampton 2015

Membership of external committees

Equality Challenge Unit Athena SWAN/Advance HE Working Group (by invitation)2016 –2018

Equality Challenge Unit/Advance HE Athena SWAN Assessor 2015 – to date

Independent Advisory Group Northamptonshire Police 2017 – 2018

Stop Search Working Group Northamptonshire Police 2016 – 2018

Associate Researcher, Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity (FRED), University of Chester. 2016 – to date

Gendered Perceptions of Research Activity in Higher Education. Symposium in collaboration with Oxford Brookes University, University of Chester, United Kingdom June 2016

Northamptonshire Football Association Inclusion Advisory Group 2015 – 2018

Northamptonshire Football Association Disciplinary Panel 2017 – 2018

Board Member Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council 2010 – to date

Chair Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council 2016 – to date

Membership of professional associations and societies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 2015 Member of the Equality and Diversity

Forum (EDF) 2014 – to date Member of Equality and Human Rights Commission

Religion or Belief Network 2014 – to date

Northamptonshire Rights and Equality Council:

  • Member - 1996 – to date
  • Director - 2010 – to date
  • Chair - 2016 – to date

Member of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants 2006 – to date

Member of the Refugee Council 2006 – to date

Member of the Discrimination Law Association 2002 – to date

Projects

New Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate.

I *Heart* Consent - Week of collaborative awareness raising events at DMU.

Consent in Schools Project - Using drama and other interventions in the teaching of consent in secondary schools.

Radical Pedagogies - Event organisation.

Forthcoming events

Conference attendance

Panel Chair for the Approaches to Inequalities Conference: Shades of Grey, University of Northampton

Sept 2018

““I’d be reluctant to… start putting a whole bunch of bureaucratic machinery in place for a problem that don’t exist or is marginal.” The Challenges of Addressing Gender Based Violence in a Campus Context.” Approaches to Inequalities Conference: Shades of Grey, University of Northampton

Sept 2018

“Challenging Gender-Based Violence within the Campus Transition” Dilemmas Conference, University of Northampton

Sept 2018

Stream Chair for the Striving for Gender Equality within Public Services stream, Dilemmas Conference, University of Northampton

Sept 2018

Stream Chair for the Striving for Gender Equality: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back? Stream, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion -Progresses, Setbacks or New Challenges? Conference, University of Montreal

Aug 2018

“If you’re not pissed off you’re not paying attention” “let’s fuck things up”: Reflecting on critical and radical pedagogy, Facilitator - Cracker Barrel session, Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Northampton

May 2018

Formal Equality, Legal Compliance and the TEF: Impetus for Change? ALT Conference, University of Keele

March 2018

Consent on Campus – Challenging Gender Based Violence ALT Conference, University of Keele

March 2018

‘Consent on Campus – Challenging Gender Based Violence’ Building Bridges Conference, Chania, Crete

July 2017

Liberalism and race equality in higher education: The shift from the mandatory to the persuasive’, Higher Education Advances (HEA’d) 2017, University of Valencia

June 2017

Stream Chair for the Education beyond Borders stream, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Brunel University

June 2017

‘Safe Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate’ Keynote address, London School of Business and Management, Learning and Teaching Conference

July 2017

‘Barriers to BME Women in Higher Education’ Presentation at Lincoln University

May 2017

‘Formal and Substantive Equality in Higher Education’ University of Northampton Faculty of Business and Law, Research Seminar Series

January 2017

‘Equality Processes in Higher Education: A Case Study’ Society for Research in Higher Education, Newport

December 2016

‘The Impact of Empowerment in Teaching & Learning and Innovative Assessment’ Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Northampton

May 2016

Stream Chair for the Education and Inclusion stream Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Tel Aviv University

July 2015

 ‘The Public Sector Equality Duty: Formal Equality, Institutional Processes and Legal Compliance in Higher Education’ Equality Act – Five Years On, University of Chester

June 2015

 ‘Criminal Conflicts – A Legal Learning Case Study’ Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Northampton

May 2015

 ‘Formal Equality in Higher Education’ Approaches to Inequalities Conference, University of Northampton

September 2014

The Impact of the Formal Equality Stance on Institutional Processes and Legal Compliance in Higher Education’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Munich

June 2014

The Perceptions and Politics of Equality and Diversity in Higher Education’ Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Conference, Toulouse

July 2012

Consultancy work

Equality and Discrimination Law - Able to offer training and consultancy.

Equality and Diversity Trainer for the Football Association

Externally funded research grants information

Research Funding

48,000 HEFCE – Student Safeguarding on Campus 2017 - 2018, PI

£5,200 small-scale pedagogic research grant from the University of Northampton Institute of Learning and Teaching (The Impact of Empowerment in Teaching & Learning and Innovative Assessment) 2016 - 2017

£11,000 small-scale pedagogic research grant from the University of Northampton Institute of Learning and Teaching (Criminal Conflicts) 2015 - 2016

Case studies

Media Appearances and Blog Posts

“It’s all standard behaviour”. So what is all the fuss about? – Blog post for Efficiency Exchange, March 2018

Consent on Campus – Building Bridges Conference Chania, Crete – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, July 2017

Scholarship-Activism and Respectability Politics – Reflections on a conference keynote - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, July 2017

New Spaces: Safeguarding Students from Violence and Hate - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, March 2017

LGBTQ+ staff and students in Business Schools – Law at the University of Northampton Blog, February 2017

Let’s make ending violence against women and girls a priority, Law at the University of Northampton Blog, November 2016

I *Heart* Consent Week Interview – BBC Radio Northampton, November 2016

Why we don’t need a race audit - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, September 2016

Independent Letters ‘An effective, joined-up alternative to the Prime Minister’s flawed policy on race’ September 2016

http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/letters/gay-bishops-must-be-embraced-if-churches-want-to-stay-relevant-a7225136.html

Why we need a radically different approach to discussing immigration - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, August 2016

Final Report: The impact of empowerment in teaching, learning and innovative assessment - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, July 2016

Shadow Minister and head of equality in football equality body to appear at inequalities conference - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, June 2016

The impact of empowerment in teaching and learning and innovative assessment - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, June 2016

Workplace equality - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, February 2016

I’m not racist but… 50 years after the Race Relations Act 1965 - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, November 2015

Race Relations Act Interview – BBC Radio Northampton, December 2015

Disability Discrimination Act Interview – BBC Radio Northampton, November 2015

No dogs, no Blacks, no Irish - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, Yarls Wood: Set her free - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, August 2015

Yarls Wood Detention Centre Interview – BBC Radio Northampton, August 2015

Reflections on Conference: The Equality Act 2010 – 5 years on - Law at the University of Northampton Blog, July 2015

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