Research in the School of Law
Leicester De Montfort Law School strongly supports De Montfort University's (DMU) vision statement that it should ‘be a university that places research excellence and innovation at the heart of our mission’, and that all teaching across its programmes should be underpinned by quality scholarship and research.
The research profile of academic staff in the Leicester De Montfort Law School has grown over the past 25 years to its current high level – a complete list of all staff publications since January 2008 can be seen at the end of this document. Recognition that Leicester De Montfort Law School has an established commitment to quality research is shown by the national research assessment exercises (RAE) conducted by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) over past years. A grade of 2 was achieved in RAE 1996 rising to a grade 4 (demonstrating at least national excellence) in RAE 2001. In RAE 2008, the new quality profile scoring system assessed 65 per cent of the School’s submission as ‘internationally recognised’ or ‘internationally excellent’. We are working hard to improve further on this quality profile in the forthcoming Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise in 2014.
Research activity has become increasingly embedded in School activities and in the management structure of the School. Our research ethos is evidenced, not only by the increasing volume and quality of monographs and journal publications but also by a pro-active approach to the development of our research infrastructure. Many of these elements are described in this document; for example, the range of conference activity, external research income, staff seminars, the development of our research student community, the editorship of the journal Contemporary Issues in Law, and, since 2008, the work of the School's research committee to advise on the overall strategy and development of research activities. In addition, there are a number of research-related issues which directly affect our staff members and are attended to in the School's management processes: for example, factoring in research activity and PhD supervision in the overall allocation of teaching loads; the maintenance of an appropriate research mentoring system; an annual review of individuals’ research plans conducted by the Head of Research and the vice-chair of the School's research committee; and the application of a flexible study leave policy. The richness and range of research being conducted by staff members can be gleaned by looking at the print out of publications at the end of this document, and the sub-headings below provide a thematic guide to the main subject areas in the following pages:-
Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
Download the 2011 Research Briefing.