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Dr Elaine Gregersen

Associate Professor

Department: Northumbria Law School

I joined Northumbria University in 2011, having graduated from Hull University with a first class LLB (Hons) degree and worked in practice as a commercial & intellectual property solicitor. In 2016, on the strength of my record in teaching excellence, I was fortunate to be awarded a National Teaching Fellowship by the Higher Education Academy.  In the same year, I won Law Teacher of the Year at the Northern Law Awards, and was a shortlisted finalist for Best Supervisor at the Student Led Teaching Awards.

I work exclusively in the Student Law Office, with responsibility for the Business & Commercial Law Clinic. Under my supervision, students deliver free legal advice to local businesses. My students have advised businesses on trade mark registrations, intellectual property disputes, website & privacy issues, commercial contracts, terms and conditions, company incorporation, charitable status, consumer rights, and corporate governance.

Together with my colleague, Victoria Roper, I designed a Student-Led Blog ( which offers information of interest to businesses and students. In 2016, we were announced as finalists in the Routledge/ALT Teaching Law with Technology Prize 2016.  You can find out more about the Business & Commercial Law Clinic by visiting the blog.

My research focusses on clinical legal education, in particular the role of the supervisor and the rise of business law clinics in the UK. Through Northumbria’s Legal Education & Professional Skills signature research group (LEAPs), I collaborate with and support academics nationally and internationally on clinical research and pedagogy. I am the founding member of PubhD Newcastle (, an initiative designed to bring together the North East PhD community to learn about each other’s research in a relaxed environment.

I am currently undertaking a Professional Doctorate in Law. My thesis explores my lived experience as a clinic supervisor through an autoethnographic lens. I regularly blog about academic writing and publishing. My blog ( was shortlisted in the Education category of the 2016 UK Blog Awards, and I was listed in The Guardian’s ‘Best Social Media Accounts for Academics’.

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Room 111, City Campus East

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • Telling stories about the law school: autoethnography and legal education, Gregersen, E. 3 Apr 2022, In: The Law Teacher
  • The lived experience of a university law clinic supervisor: an autoethnographic inquiry, Gregersen, E. 19 Mar 2019
  • Reconstructing my identity: an autoethnographic exploration of depression and anxiety in academia, Campbell, E. 8 Oct 2018, In: Journal of Organizational Ethnography
  • Taking Care of Business: Challenging the Traditional Conceptualization of Social Justice in Clinical Legal Education, Campbell, E. Apr 2018, Social Justice and Legal Education, Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars
  • Understanding the Scope of Business Law Clinics: Perspectives from the United Kingdom, Israel and the United States, Roper, V., Campbell, E., Ben-David, A., Greenbaum, D., Askin, J. 1 Jun 2018, In: Journal of International and Comparative Law
  • "Apparently Being a Self-Obsessed C**t Is Now Academically Lauded": Experiencing Twitter Trolling of Autoethnographers, Campbell, E. 26 Sep 2017, In: Forum: Qualitative Social Research
  • Should I Share My Journal Entry With You? A Critical Exploration of Relational Ethics in Autoethnography, Campbell, E. 19 Dec 2017, In: Departures in Critical Qualitative Research
  • Exploring Autoethnography as a Method and Methodology in Legal Education Research, Campbell, E. Jan 2016, In: Asian Journal of Legal Education
  • Recognizing the Social and Economic Value of Transactional Law Clinics: A View from the United Kingdom, Campbell, E. 3 Feb 2016, In: Journal of Legal Education
  • The Student Law Office’s business and commercial firm blog project, Roper, V., Campbell, E. 20 Mar 2016, Association of Law Teachers' Annual Conference 2016

  • Lucinda Shaw The Impact of Rapport in Legal Negotiation. Start Date: 19/01/2024
  • Madeleine Thornton Start Date: 01/09/2022 End Date: 04/10/2023
  • Daireen Laverty Anti Doping and Strict Liability - is strict liability an appropriate measure? OR Gender Pay Gap in Sport - Contrary to the Laws of Equality or not? Start Date: 13/07/2022 End Date: 20/01/2023

  • Law LLB (Hons) September 01 2002
  • National Teaching Fellow (NTF) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014
  • Senior Fellow (SFHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2014

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