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Join us for November’s digital conversation

Our next digital conversation will take place on Wednesday, 18th November from 11-12.30. If you are on our mailing list you should receive an invitation shortly. If you want to join us, please sign up via or email We have two fantastic guest speakers, Jacqui Kinghan of Newcastle University and Kate Lister of The Open University.

Dr Jacqueline Kinghan is a Senior Lecturer in Law and Social Justice at Newcastle Law School. She is a qualified barrister and the former founding Director of the UCL Centre for Access to Justice where she developed clinical legal education programmes. Her research addresses social justice lawyering in the UK with a focus on the ways in which lawyers collaborate to achieve social change and the challenges they face in their work. Jacqueline also acts as learning partner to charities, NGOs, funders and public bodies. In this capacity she conducts evaluations and supports learning around the use of different legal interventions and human rights based approaches.

Jacqui will be speaking on ‘Sustaining Social Justice Lawyering in the UK’. The legal aid and not-for-profit legal sectors in the UK have faced unprecedented challenges in recent years. The impact of austerity measures, funding cuts enacted by the LASPO 2012 and wider pressures in the justice system have all contributed to problems with retention and burnout. Added to these challenges lies the negative impact of an increasingly pervasive narrative critical of ‘activist’ lawyers in the public sphere. Drawing upon a three-year ethnographic study of progressive social justice lawyers in the UK her presentation will explore lawyers’ own perceptions of the personal impact of the issues and challenges they face; and the ways in which they might be overcome in future. It will compare experiences over the last fifty years and demonstrate the perceived importance of solidarity and support in professional networks to improving well-being and sustaining social justice legal practice in future. 

Kate Lister is the manager for accessibility and inclusive practice at the Open University UK and is an expert in accessibility and inclusive pedagogy. She has an MA in educational technology, a teaching licentiate and is a senior fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA). Her role involves driving and coordinating inclusive practice in the Open University, supporting staff with accessibility issues and championing disabled student needs at different echelons of the University. Her background is in educational technology, language learning and accessible and inclusive pedagogies in international contexts; she worked in Germany, Spain and China before moving to the UK to take up her current role. Her research interests include barriers to learning, participatory research, student engagement and inclusive approaches to language. She leads a work package on the HEFCE Catalyst funded Inc STEM project, and plays a pivotal role in the application of research to practice at the OU.

Kate will be talking to us on her work around participatory research and narrative enquiry, including the creation of the Our Journey tool to capture student vignettes.

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