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Elyse Wakelin

Dr Elyse Wakelin

Head of Department

Nottingham Law School

Staff Group(s)
Academic Division Nottingham Law School staff


Elyse Wakelin is the Head of Undergraduate Programmes for Nottingham Law School, with strategic oversight of the Undergraduate portfolio. Elyse is also an active member of the Centre for Legal Education.

Career overview

Prior to taking on the role of Head of Undergraduate Programmes, Elyse has had a number of different roles in NLS since joining in 2015. Most recently, she was the NLS Principle Lecturer for Student Experience, working closely with the Deputy Dean on projects such as Success for All and NSS. She was course leader for the Graduate Diploma in Law (Distance Learning). Prior to joining NLS, Elyse taught Constitutional and Administrative law and Criminal Justice at the University of Leicester.

She has a PhD from the University of Leicester which examined the link between EU membership and minority rights but more recently her research has focused on areas of Legal Education.

Research areas

Elyse is an active member of the Nottingham Law School Centre for Legal Education. Her research focuses primarily on the wellbeing of students in legal education and ways to enhance the student experience. Recent projects have included analysing the role of the personal tutor in legal education. She is currently starting a project which examines wellbeing among distance learning law students.


Chapter in book

WAKELIN, E., 2020. Rule of law and the UN sustainable development goals. In: W. LEAL FILHO, A.M. AZUL, L. BRANDII, P.G. ÖZUYAR and T. WALL, eds., Peace, justice and strong institutions. Encyclopedia of the UN sustainable development goals . Cham: Springer. ISBN 9783319710662

Conference contribution

WAKELIN, E., 2019. The raising pressures on pastoral care and support for students in legal education: how to deal with this growing concern. In: Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) Annual Conference 2019, UCLan, Preston, 3-6 September 2019.

WAKELIN, E., 2015. Minority right obligations in Europe: when claims of double standards are simply not enough. In: Annual Research Symposium of the UACES CRN Centrifugal Europe: New Perspectives in European Studies: Europeanisation in the EU and the Neighbourhood, Queen’s University Belfast, Belfast, 6-8 March 2015.

WAKELIN, E., 2014. Bosnia and Herzegovina: the need for belonging in a state of minorities. In: UACES 44th Annual Conference, University College Cork, Cork, Ireland, 1-4 September 2014.

WAKELIN, E., 2014. The end of EU conditionality: what next for the EU enlargement process? In: 15th Annual UACES Student Forum Research Conference, Aston University, Birmingham, 24-25 April 2014.

WAKELIN, E., 2013. Minority rights protection in contemporary Europe: the double standards between member states and candidate countries obligations. In: Seminar Series of the UK Network on Human Rights and Minority Rights, University of Reading, Reading, 12 June 2013.


WAKELIN, E., 2018. Minority right protections in contemporary Europe; the double standards between member state and candidate country obligations. PhD, University of Leicester.

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