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Zoe Swan

Ms, , Barrister Non-Practising , Undergraduate Law Courses Leader, Senior Lecturer in Law

20102017
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Personal profile

Approach to teaching

Recognition of Excellence in Teaching & Learning in HE

  

2019 Brighton Student Union Innovative Teacher Award  

2019 Learning and Teaching Award

2016 Extra Mile Award, Student Led Teaching Awards, University of Greenwich

2016 National Teaching Fellow Nomination, University of Greenwich

2015 Teaching Law with Technology Finalist, Routledge & ALT

2014 Excellence in Facilitating & Empowering Learning Award, University of Brighton

2011 Finalist, Oxford University Press, Law Teacher of the Year Award

 

Biography

 

Zoe trained as a barrister, is a member of Inner Temple, has a Masters in Law and is an award winning Senior Lecturer in Law. She trained as an Interpersonal Mediator with UK Mediation. Zoe is also a graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (IIN) in New York and qualified as a Health and Wellness Coach in 2016. She is currently undertaking yoga teacher training and will qualify as an instructor in September 2019.

 

Zoe leads the Undergraduate Law programmes at Brighton which include pure law, law with criminology and law with business. Zoe takes a student centered and co-creators approach and actively facilitiates the use of Student Representatives as part of this process. As a teacher, she has gained a diverse range of experience at undergraduate, postgraduate and professional level.

 

Reseaarch shows law students and lawyers operate in a uniquely challenging environment. Zoe cares deeply about empowering students to develop a holistic skill set and her ground breaking work to include resilience and wellbeing as part of the taught law curriculum for first and second year law students has been featured in The Times.  

 

Zoe's research interests lie in legal education and championing approaches to learning that support students in studying law and in developing an extensive range of employability skills. This includes problem based learning, flipped learning and team based learning. She has received prizes and national recognition for her research posters into the use of problem based learning. 

 

Zoe has pioneered wellbeing in law since 2015 and has run wellbeing workshops at the University of Greenwich and the University of Brighton. These workshops support the development and culture of a course community that can speak openly about wellbeing, as well as supporting participants in developing a range of practical skills including mindfulness and meditation.

 

Zoe continues to run extra currcula wellbeing sessions for students and staff within Brighton Business School which give those attending a 'tool box' of practical stategies to use to enhance wellbeing and resilience. 

 

Prior to establishing her career as a successful legal academic, Zoe worked as consultant in the public and third sector on a wide range of projects and led corporate training and development programmes at a London Borough. 

 

 

School Responsibilities

Undergraduate Law Courses Leader 

Module Leader Law in Practice (Year 1)

Module Leader Law in Action: Moot (Year 2)

Personal Tutor

Extra Curricula Negotation Skills and Mooting Competition Lead 

Research interests

 

Conference Papers & Teaching & Learning Led Research 

 

Malgorzata Iwaniec, Tatiana Simmonds, Zoe Swan, ‘A practical case study exploring how flipped learning affects the development of problem solving skills in two different disciplines.’ Compass Journal of Teaching & Learning, University of Greenwich. Submitted 2016 currently working on revisions for publication in 2017. 

 

Gibbons J & Swan Z. ‘All in this together?: Teamwork and student process in experiential learning.’ (6 June 2016) Northumbria Law School. (Conference )

 

Swan Z. ‘Maximising the effectiveness of a flipped learning pedagogy in legal education by using team based learning (TBL).’ ALT Promoting Collaboration Annual Conference, (March 2016) 

 

 

Invited to be a panel member at BETT (British Educational Training and Technology) EXCEL 2016. Spoke as part of the Technology in Higher Education Summit on flipped learning. ‘Moving away from traditional lectures: Incorporating blended learning and flipped classroom models.’ 

 

Short piece written about my contribution at BETT by The Times Higher https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/bett-2016-students-may-not-always-be-experts-technology

 

Humble K, Gill, Swan Z ‘Using team-based learning (TBL) to maximise the effectiveness of flipped learning.’ SHIFT Conference University of Greenwich (January 2016) 

 

Iwaniec G, Swan Z Promoting learning, lecture flipping, how can I do it? Medway Festival of Teaching & Learning, (September 2015) 

 

Iwaniec G, Swan Z, Tatiana Simmonds ‘Exploring and sharing practical experiences of flipped learning.’ Academic Practice and Technology Conference 2015, Flipping the Institution: Higher Education in the Post Digital Age. (July 2015) 

 

Swan Z, ‘The future of legal education: Can flipping the learning enhance the development of problem solving skills?’ Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference Cardiff (March 2015) 

 

Swan, Z. ‘Flipped learning with Panopto’ Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference Cardiff (March 2015) 

 

Swan & Simmonds (In Simmonds absence) Presented at the Partnership Development Group, Bexley College, Erith ‘Exploring how flipped learning supports students in developing problem solving skills.’ (February 2015) 

 

Swan & Simmonds, ‘Exploring how flipped learning supports students in developing problem solving skills.’ SHIFT Conference University of Greenwich (January 2015) Paper filmed and released as a flipped learning resource for UoG Education Development Unit. 

 

Monaghan & Swan, ‘Exploring the use of Twitter as part of your professional teaching practice in Higher 

Education.’ SHIFT Conference, University of Greenwich (January 2015) 

 

Akroyd, Stoneham, Swan, ‘Is Anyone Watching you – Panopto?’ A paper which reported on the variety of uses and successes of using Panopto to engage students. (SHIFT Conference University of Greenwich 2015 (January 2015) 

 

Swan, Z Metamorphosis of a family law module using problem-based learning.’ Centre for Teaching and Learning Annual Conference, University of Brighton 2013 

 

RESEARCH PUBLICATIONS 

 

Gibbons J, Swan Z. ‘All in this together?: Teamwork and student process in experiential learning.’ Work in progress (guaranteed publication) as part of the experiential learning in law series.) 2017. 

 

 

Iwaniec G, Simmonds T, Swan Z. ‘A case study exploring and sharing practical experiences of flipped learning with undergraduate and masters students.’ Submitted to Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education 

 

 

Swan Zoe ‘Success as shared parenting consortium convinces the Lords that child welfare must come before presumption of equal access.’ S.L. Rev. 2014, 72(Sum), 38 

 

Swan Zoe ‘Impact of legal aid cuts on family law cases and mediation services’ S.L. Rev. 2014, 71(Spr), 30 

 

Swan Zoe ‘Gay marriage finally becomes law but has equality in every sense been achieved? S.L. Rev. 2013, 70(Aut), 39-40 

 

Swan Zoe Family Law Case Comment. RCW v A Local Authority [2013] EWHC 235; [2013] Fam. Law 659 (Fam Div)S.L. Rev. 2013, 69(Sum), 30-31. 

 

Swan Zoe ‘Shared parenting presumption to become law’ S.L. Rev. 2013, 68(Spr), 24-25

 

Swan Zoe Co-operative parenting following family separation: what is the Government proposing and is reform of the law really necessary? S.L. Rev. 2012, 67(Aut), 35-36 

 

Swan Zoe ‘The Government’s Response to the Family Justice Review – Changes to Private Law’ S.L.Rev 2012 S.L. Rev. 2012, 66(Sum), 35 

 

Swan Zoe ‘A new system of Family Justice?’ S.L. Rev. 2012, 65(Spr), 32-33 

 

Swan Zoe ‘Moving on from Payne?’ S.L. Rev. 2011, 64 (Aut), 36-37. 

 

Swan Zoe ‘Re T (A Child: Murdered Parent) [2011] EWHC B4 (Fam)’ S.L. Rev. 2011, 63(Sum), 34-35. 

 

‘Reinvigorating Law for the Business Student; Perceptions and Reality,’ Lucy Jones, Zoe Swan, Juliet Turner, Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Vol 5, No 1 (2010) 

Masters Research, University of Brighton, 2010, LLM, Contact and conflict are inextricably linked: Can new enforcement provisions ‘make contact work 

 

RESEARCH POSTER SUBMISSIONS 

 

Swan Z, Can flipped learning help develop problem solving skills in legal education? SHIFT University of Greenwich (January 2016) 

 

Awarded First Prize, Swan. Z ‘Metamorphosis of a family law module, using problem based learning.’ Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference 2014 

 

‘Post metamorphosis analysis of a family law module using problem based learning.’ Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, Leeds 2014 

 

Awarded Second Prize, University of Brighton Annual Research Poster Competition 2014 Swan Z ‘Post metamorphosis analysis of a family law module using problem based learning.’ Association of Law Teachers, Annual Conference, Leeds 2014 

 

Awarded First Prize University of Brighton Annual Research Poster Competition 2013, Swan. Z ‘Metamorphosis of a family law module, using problem based learning.’ 

 

‘Post metamorphosis analysis of a family law module, using problem based learning.’ Society of Legal Scholars, Annual Conference Edinburgh 2013 

 

PUBLISHER WORK & PEER REVIEWING 

 

Peer Reviewer for The Law Teacher (Legal Education Journal) 

Caring for law students' study skills needs Part I and Part II (Reviewed June 2016) 

Student Wellness and Modern Law Schools (Reviewed March 2016) 

Academic Series Adviser and Developer, Optimize Law Routledge Taylor Francis 2013 

Family Law Cards (Complete Update), Publisher Routledge & Taylor July 2011. 

Book Reviewer OUP Concentrate Series (Family Law) 2011 

Book Reviewer Taylor Francis, Revision Guide Series 2010/2011

 

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Research Output 2010 2017

  • 2 Article
  • 1 Conference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

A practical case study exploring how flipped learning affects the development of problem-solving skills in two different disciplines

Iwaniec, M., Simmonds, T. & Swan, Z., 1 Jan 2017, In : Compass: Journal of Learning and Teaching. 10, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
learning
student
Law
Group
teaching strategy

The first year experience of assessment – realigning the learning

Bone, A. & Swan, Z., 2011, Learning in Law Annual Conference 2011: Experiencing legal education.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBNResearchpeer-review

learning
experience
student
Law
business school

Reinvigorating law for the business student: perceptions and reality

Jones, L., Swan, Z. & Turner, J., Apr 2010, In : Practice and Evidence of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. 5, 1, p. 46-59 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review

Open Access
File
Law
student
research focus
learning
Teaching