In profile with… Caroline Collins, Senior LLB Lecturer in Criminal Law at BPP Law School
Name: Caroline Collins
Job title: Senior Lecturer in criminal law
Study Centre: Waterloo (though in Birmingham three days a week)
What is your education background?
I embarked on my law degree on a part time evening programme at the University of East London, whilst working in a managerial capacity in the Courts Service. On finishing my degree I undertook a PGCE (FE)(LAW) at the University of Greenwich. During my PGCE I started teaching law and after passing the course secured work with the University of London and the Open University.
What is your professional background?
After I left school, and worked my way through the ranks of the Magistrates Courts Service. This gave me insight into criminal procedure and practice. Ultimately prompting my choice to specialise in teaching criminal law.
How do you think this experience has assisted your teaching at BPP University?
I think it has proved useful to be on both sides of the fence so to speak, and viewing the law in both the practical and academic sense.
If you could give one piece of advice to your students for their future careers, what would it be?
Treat study like a job, use military precision in preparing whether it is for tutorials, assessments or exams! Find out when you study best. Are you a night Owl, or a Lark, who works best in the mornings?!
If you could travel to anywhere in the world, where would you go, and why?
There are so many places I have re visited, and still enjoy as if for the first time! However, if I were to go somewhere new it might ne Antarctica, but just for a night or too , as I prefer a warmer climate!
Have you been motivated by an influential figure, if so, who?
My father. He was a teacher, and always talked of his job with a real love and passion. His students still recognised him long after he retired, and told him, he had been an influential figure in their lives.