Dundee University appoints new law lecturers



Thomas Giddens and Nicola Tully

Nicola Tully and Thomas Giddens have been appointed as lecturers at Dundee University.

Ms Tully has taught law at further and higher education institutions for almost 20 years. She studied at the University of Abertay (now Abertay University), graduating in 1997 with a BA (Hons) in Law and a Diploma in Conveyancing and Executries. Her initial appointment was with Thorntons Solicitors in Dundee as one of its first paralegals.

Thereafter she turned to teaching and was appointed to part-time lecturing posts in law at Dundee College and Abertay University.

She joined Abertay University in 2012 as a full time teaching fellow in law on the LLB programme and took on the role of law work placement tutor and employment law clinic supervisor.

Ms Tully was awarded the Student Led Teaching Award for “Outstanding Teacher” by Dundee Business School in 2014 and recognised by the Higher Education Academy as a senior fellow in 2016.

She told Scottish Legal News: “Having worked in two of the other key educational establishments of Dundee, I am absolutely delighted to now be joining Dundee University.

“I have a strong focus on using technology to enhance the student learning experience as well as developing both curricular and co-curricular opportunities to enable students to enhance their employability skills; so I’m looking forward to bringing my experience and interest in legal education and pedagogy into Dundee Law School.”

Mr Giddens obtained an LLB from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, and MSc Criminology with Forensic Psychology from Middlesex University and his PhD in the School of Law at the University of Exeter in 2012. He was previously a lecturer at St Mary’s University, Twickenham, London.

His interests lie in the linkages and potential uses of popular culture and art in thinking about law and legal issues. Since taking up his first full-time academic post in 2012, he has continued to develop work in this context, notably producing the recent publication of On Comics and Legal Aesthetics: Multimodality and the Haunted Mask of Knowing (Routledge 2018) which examines the relationships between comics and law, and the implications of comics studying the two forms together.

Continuing this theme, his present work seeks to examine the typography of the common law, looking at the written words of law as visual and graphic artefacts rather than simply verbal ones.

Mr Giddens told SLN: “I am thrilled about coming to Dundee, and everyone has been really welcoming. I was attracted to the post here by the university’s reputation in relation to comics studies (with the Scottish Centre for Comics Studies), as well as the continued growth of the highly successful law department.

“Law is a department that is flourishing, and I am very excited about developing links in my research work between law and other areas of the University around critical, cultural, design, comics, and visual studies.”