Key Appointment for Laws Programme: Prof. Jenny Hamilton

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Financial services law expert Professor Jenny Hamilton has joined the University of London External System as Director of the highly successful Undergraduate Laws Programme (EULP). Professor Hamilton brings almost 20 years of university teaching experience to the position, 13 of which have been with the University of Strathclyde Law School in Scotland. At Strathclyde, Professor Hamilton held a number of positions including Senior Lecturer, Director of Teaching, and Vice Dean of Law, Arts and Social Sciences.

Professor Jenny Hamilton, University of London External System Director of Laws Programme

I am confident that Professor Hamilton will draw on her educational experience to further extend the reach of our Laws Programme, which currently has 16,000 students around the world.

Financial services law expert Professor Jenny Hamilton has joined the University of London External System as Director of the highly successful Undergraduate Laws Programme (EULP).

Professor Hamilton brings almost 20 years of university teaching experience to the position, 13 of which have been with the University of Strathclyde Law School in Scotland. At Strathclyde, Professor Hamilton held a number of positions including Senior Lecturer, Director of Teaching, and Vice Dean of Law, Arts and Social Sciences.

Widely published, Professor Hamilton has served on several influential panels, including the Consumer Panel of the UK Financial Services Authority and the Scottish Consumer Council. She was also a member of the council of Shared Interest Society Ltd, a co-operative lending society that grants loans on fair trade terms to third world producers.

Professor Jonathan Kydd, Dean of the University of London External System, said he was delighted with the appointment: “Professor Hamilton clearly has a great deal to offer, in particular her experience in developing study programmes and her legal expertise and research in commercial law.

I am confident that Professor Hamilton will draw on her educational experience to further extend the reach of our Laws Programme, which currently has 16,000 students around the world.”

Professor Hamilton said: “I am looking forward to working with the Laws Committee and the Colleges to consolidate the existing markets we operate in. We will also continue to deliver a high quality programme that is relevant in meeting the needs of our broad-based community of students and other stakeholders.”

Professor Hamilton graduated with an LLB from the University of Adelaide and worked as a barrister and solicitor in Australia, before gaining an LLM from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. She also holds a number of teaching qualifications. Her current research interests include commercial law and financial services regulation.

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The Laws Programme

  • The External Undergraduate Laws Programme is delivered through collaboration of six separate Colleges of the University of London. These are: Birkbeck, King’s College London, LSE, Queen Mary; SOAS and UCL.
  • The programme has more than 16,000 students in 130 countries.
  • It is one of the two largest programmes offered by the External System.

The University of London External System

  • The University of London was established in 1836 and is one of the oldest, largest and most diverse universities in the United Kingdom.
  • The University’s founding principle is to provide education for all, irrespective of race, creed or political belief.
  • In 1858, the University of London was granted its fourth Charter, which paved the way for the establishment of the University of London External System.
  • The University of London External System is a unique global network of 46,000 students in 180 countries, on more than 100 study programmes.
  • The External System has been instrumental in the formation of British higher education -- all English and Welsh universities founded between 1849 and 1949 offered University of London degrees before obtaining Royal Charters to award their own degrees.
  • Between 1946 and 1970, the External System played a significant role in establishing many Commonwealth universities under a unique scheme of “special relations.”
  • Through the External System, higher education was made available to a much wider range of social classes; it pre-empted 20th Century developments in open, flexible and distance learning by more than 100 years.
  • Famous former students and alumni of the External System include seven Nobel Prize Winners: Sir Frederick Gowland Hopkins, Professor Ronald Coase, Wole Soyinka, Derek Walcott, ex-President Nelson Mandela, joint winner Charles Kao and joint winner Dr Rolph Payet, who has now been appointed Vice-Chancellor of the University of Seychelles.

For further information contact:

Binda Rai
Head Corporate Affairs and Communication
University of London External System
Email: binda.rai(at)london.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0) 20 7862 8545 (office)
07920 476483 (mobile)

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