University Legal Services Team

The University Legal Services Team is part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Office and provides legal support and advice on a comprehensive range of legal matters relating to the work of the University, to its Colleges and to its Administrative Departments.

Recent requests for advice have included the following areas: codes of conduct and practice; collaborative arrangements; contractual matters; commercialisation; complaints; compliance; conflicts of interest; contract review; equality and diversity matters; Freedom of Information and Data Protection; grant funding matters; immigration regulations; insurance matters; intellectual property; leases, licenses and management agreements; legacies; new legislation; procurement; property-related matters;  Public Interest Disclosure (Whistle-blowing); records management; safeguarding; security; staff recruitment.

Requests for assistance from the Legal Services Team should currently be submitted via e-mail to the Legal Services Team with the confirmed authority of the Head of College or relevant Administrative Director. All requests will be subject to an initial evaluation to determine whether the request will be dealt with in-house or whether to instruct an external legal services provider. At all stages regular updates will be provided by the Legal Services Team on the progress of submitted enquiries. 

 

Members of the University’s Legal Services Team

Ceri Bird, Head of Legal Services Team

Ceri is a Practising Solicitor and joined the University in October 2013 as its Legal Adviser; in October 2014 she became the Head of Legal Services Team.  Prior to joining the University she worked for the City & County of Swansea for ten years and has experience in a variety of legal areas including property, commercial contracts, procurement, employment, equal pay, housing, highways and planning, flood defence, education and charities.

Ceri can be contacted on 01792 29(5517) or by e-mail at c.r.bird@swansea.ac.uk

Sandra Powis, Legal Services & Governance Officer

Sandra provides a range of paralegal and administrative services to support the work of the Legal Services Team. Sandra joined the University following a career working in large private sector law firms. Sandra can be contacted on 01792 60(6582) or by e-mail at s.a.powis@swansea.ac.uk

Suzanne Stevens, P.A. to Ceri Bird                                           

Suzanne joined the University in April 2012 as a Personal Assistant in the Pro-Vice Chancellor’s Office and in October 2013 she transferred to the Legal Services Team which is based in The Abbey. Suzanne works part-time (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday) and she can be contacted on 01792 29(5516) or by e-mail at s.j.stevens@swansea.ac.uk

Rachael Hughes, Paralegal

Rachael can be contacted on 01792 60(6105) or by e-mail at r.i.hughes@swansea.ac.uk