Issue date: 09 April 2008
Steve Dinning has been appointed Head of the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice, in the Bristol Law School at the University of the West of England (UWE).
Steve is well known to the wider Legal Practice Course (LPC) community. After practicing as a corporate solicitor at Clifford Chance in the City, Steve moved to UWE to help develop the LPC. In his time at UWE he has been course director for both its full time and part time (open learning) LPCs as well as overall Programmes Director with responsibility for UWE's relationship with the regulator, the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and its external examiners. UWE has been awarded the highest possible assessment ratings by the SRA consistently over the last 12 years.
Outside of UWE, Steve is one of the reporting assessors engaged by the SRA for its assessment audits of LPCs and in the past he has been its chief external examiner for the Commercial Electives.
Steve teaches Financial Services Regulation, Business Accounts and Corporate Finance on the LPC at UWE. He has lectured on English Corporate Law in Australia, Sweden and France.
Speaking about the appointment, Steve said, “I am excited by the challenges that lie ahead. In the immediate future there are the opportunities presented by the forthcoming revalidation of the LPC. UWE is well known for the rigour of its LPC and the personal attention and support it offers to students. The challenge is to maintain these features while delivering a flexible programme supported by appropriate e-learning techniques. In the wider context, UWE hopes to expand the routes through its LL.M in Advanced Legal Practice award so as to offer this option to all students on the majority of its professional courses.”
The appointment of Steve Dinning follows the move of Paul Rylance, the previous post holder, to Head of Knowledge Exchange (UWE) in the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.