The academic direction of the Graduate Diploma in Commercial Law is provided by a Consortium of outstanding University of London Law Schools: Birkbeck, King's, LSE, Queen Mary, SOAS and UCL.
Three of these (UCL, King’s and LSE) are ranked in the top 20 worldwide for Law (QS World Rankings 2020) and in the UK's top ten (The Complete University Guide 2020).
Simon Askey is Dean of Undergraduate Laws. Simon is responsible for the strategic direction of undergraduate programmes in law and the academic co-ordination of the assessment process and matters relating to student progression and performance. He began teaching law in 2001, with a primary focus on legal methods and legal skills, and he is co-author (with Ian McLeod) of Studying Law, which is in its fourth edition.
Yvonne Jacobs is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Laws. Yvonne works with the Dean on the academic co-ordination of the assessment process and matters relating to student progression and performance. She has previously taught at Liverpool University and held the posts of LLB Course Director at City, University of London and Principal Lecturer and Senior Personal Tutor at BPP University.
Patricia McKellar is Associate Dean of Undergraduate Laws. Patricia drives the learning, teaching and assessment strategy for e-learning technologies and interactive learning, supporting college-based academic staff to create distance learning resources and to implement technology enhanced learning in their modules. She oversees the extensive student support initiatives employed by the programme and promotes and develops student engagement. She travels regularly for the programme, presents at national and international conferences and has published articles on legal education. She was in legal practice for a number of years and, prior to her appointment at University of London, was a Senior Lecturer in Legal Practice at the Glasgow Graduate School of Law at the University of Strathclyde, where she developed a number of innovative e-learning initiatives.