6th Form Conferences
The School of Law recently played host to a number of local schools and colleges who participated in two 6th Form Conferences held on the 22nd and 26th March 2010. The conferences proved very popular with pupils and teachers from secondary education institutions from Bridgend, Gorseinon, Llandeilo, Llanelli, Neath, Port Talbot and Swansea with over 130 participants attending over the two days.
As part of the School of Law efforts to ease the transition between secondary and higher education the conferences were organised to give pupils studying at AS level the opportunity to experience teaching in a University setting. Pupils and teachers from the schools and colleges were given the opportunity to take part in 4 seminars which were organised by lecturers from the School of Law on a diversity of topics, ranging from anti-social behaviour law, terrorism, children’s rights and employment discrimination, through to how the law protects privacy, the validity of identification evidence and the ownership of wrecks. Dr Simon Hoffman one of the event organisers said ‘these conferences give students a feel for what studying the law is all about’, adding the experience would help students to decide whether or not to undertake a law degree.
1st photo – Pupils taking part in one of the seminars delivered by Dr Stuart Macdonald.
2nd photo – Lecturers from the School of Law taking part in one of the seminars. Pictured from left to right: Ms Kathryn Devonald-Davies, Ms Michaela Leyshon and Ms Amanda Rees.
In addition to the seminars those pupils who attended the conference held on the 22nd March were given the opportunity to take part in a mock trial and asked to play out various roles such as barrister, judge and jury which were intended to give pupils a taster of law as a profession. As well as attending seminars or participating in a mock trial pupils were given information about what the School of Law is able to offer by way of undergraduate and post-graduate courses.
During the conferences the School of Law benefited from its close links with the local judiciary and practitioners. District Judge Ray Singh attended the conference on the 22nd March to give the closing address, speaking of the opportunities available to pursue a career in law. On the 26th March two local barristers from Iscoed Chambers, Nicola Preece and John Hipkin who both specialize in criminal law gave a joint address. Both Judge and barristers emphasized the benefits of studying law, and the quality of legal education at Swansea University. Nicola Preece welcomed the School of Law initiative and emphasized the ‘benefits for students of close links between the University and the legal profession.’ Catherine Reohorn, Head of Law at Bishop Gore School described the day as a ‘brilliant experience’ and confirmed that pupils had been left with a very positive view of the School of Law and Swansea University. Other teachers and pupils were also in agreement that the conferences were an enjoyable and worthwhile experience and that they provided a valuable insight into university teaching.