Portrait of  Vince Pescod Vince Pescod

v.pescod@hud.ac.uk | 01484 471380



Biography

Position: Senior Lecturer - Law School
Qualifications: LLB, LLM, PCPD, FHEA, Solicitor
 

Since 2005 Vince has been employed full time as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law at the University of Huddersfield. His academic role involves the strategic management of the LLB (Hons) by Distance Learning degree and the continuing development of innovative methods of delivery over the internet.

Employment History
Prior to becoming a legal academic, Vince practised as a solicitor for 7 years in a number of solicitors’ firms, both high street and city centre, eventually specialising in family law. Initailly he practised in most civil law disciplines but eventually his case load included; Divorce, Ancillary Relief, Injunctions, Private and Public Child matters. Vince’s academic role involves the strategic management of the LLB by Distance Learning course and the continuing development of innovative methods of delivery over the internet.

2005 to present - Senior Lecturer, University of Huddersfield
2004 to 2005 - Student Union Advice Centre (P/T), University of Huddersfield
2003 to 2004 - Assistant Solicitor, Beevers Solicitors, Ashton-under-Lyne
2000 to 2003 - Assistant Solicitor, Henry Hyams, Leeds
1996 to 2000 - Assistant Solicitor, Cadmans Solicitors. Cleckheaton
1994 to 1996 - Trainee Solicitor, Godloves Solicitors, Leeds

Prior to this Vince was a Managing Director of a video production company. He oversaw the production of many video projects of an educational nature and provided tuition in video and music production.

Research and Scholarship

In 2011 Vince completed an LLM, analysing the impact of R (Jackson & Others) v Attorney General on Parliamentary sovereignty, for which he achieved a distinction. Vince is currently in the process of studying for a PhD on Constitutional Law under the supervision of Robert Blackburn and Vernon Bogdanor at the Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies in the Institute for Contemporary British History, Kings College London. The current working title is ‘Should there be an entrenched process of constitutional reform and if so what form should it take?’ which he hopes to complete by autumn 2016.

The Centre for Political and Constitutional Studies was established in 2010 to promote research and teaching in the field of contemporary history and politics, and to engage in research into a range of current political and constitutional reform issues. In line with one of the Institute for Contemporary British History’s overarching themes, the Centre is engaged in a major project associated with the idea of possibly codifying the constitution of the United Kingdom, led by Professor Blackburn. For further information visit the web site; http://www.kcl.ac.uk/innovation/groups/ich/cpcs/index.aspx

Vince’s research will investigate the historical background of entrenchment and whether, in light of recent constitutional developments and jurisprudence, entrenchment of the constitution in the UK is possible and what form it should take to be effective. This will require an analysis of the current safeguards to constitution such as; the use of the Parliament Acts 1911-49, the role of the House of Lords, the exercise of Royal Assent and the role of the Supreme Court as a constitutional court. I will also undertake an analysis of the constitutionally entrenched safeguards in the Commonwealth of Australia, Canada, the United States of America and Germany. From this investigation he will identify any current issues in those jurisdictions and determine how, if at all, those issues should or could impact on a UK form of entrenchment.

Publications and Other Research Outputs

2016

Pescod, V. and Clowrey, A. (2016) ‘Six Good Reasons Why Judges Should Meet with Children in Appropriate CasesFamily Law Journal , 46 (9), pp. 1152-1156. ISSN 0014-7281

2014

Pescod, V (2014) Written Evidence Submitted to the Political and Constitutional Reform Committee: A response to the question: Does the UK need a Codified Constitution?. TSO .

2009

Pescod, V. and Seagreaves, E. (2009) ‘E-Learning for legal professionals in the ‘virtual’ workplace: the use of authentic activities’. In: 44th Annual Conference of the Association of Law Teachers, Legal Education: Extending the Boundaries, 5th - 7th April 2009, Royal Tropical Institute, Amsterdam, Netherlands , pp. 1-8

2008

Pescod, V. and Seagreaves, E. (2008) ‘E Learning for legal professionals in the ‘virtual’ workplace: adapting the Penfield system.’. In: University of Huddersfield Teaching & Learning Conference, Enhancing Learning: Technology by Design, 15th September 2008, University of Huddersfield , pp. 1-8

Esteem

Vince would be willing to appear on the media to discuss constitutional issues. He will also be involved in private and public seminars which address topical constitutional issues and facilitate the sharing of knowledge between various individuals within the ‘constitutional community’ as part of his PhD research.

Research Degree Supervision

Vince is currently interested in supervising LLM’s in the area of Constitutional and Administrative Law, particularly in areas such as prerogative powers, sovereignty, Parliamentary procedures and judicial activism. He also has an interest in Comparative Constitutional Law particularly the constitutions of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Germany and the US.

Enterprise Activities

Preparation and delivery of short courses to Legal Practice students and lawyers in practice as part of the Legal Practice stand-alone block elective programme. Course delivered Family Law LPC.

Administrative Responsibilities

Vince is the Course Leader of the School’s LLB (Hons) by Distance Learning (DL) degree. He has led the law team through two successful validations of this innovative course which involves extensive use of the internet in its delivery. His role involves the strategic management of the LLB by DL degree and he also acts as admissions tutor and personal tutor to all the students on the DL.

Vince is also a Year One tutor and is the personal tutor to full time LLB students. Vince is currently developing modules for the LLM on Comparative Constitutional Law and International Public Law. Vince sits on various Course Committees, Assessment Strategy Committees, Skills Tutors Forum, School Teaching & Learning Committee and Assessment Boards for all courses delivered by the School. He takes an active part in initiating pedagogical and pastoral developments and is an E-learning coordinator for the School where he actively develops the use of e-learning technology, such as screencasting and wikis as aids to course delivery and student retention. Vince also delivers staff development sessions on E-learning. He is also the Library Coordinator for the School liaising with the library staff to keep the law library catalogue up to date, both hard copy and electronic.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Vince is Module Leader of the following modules:

Public Law (Graduate Diploma in Law)
Legal Method and Professional Skills (LLB/MLP undergraduate compulsory module foundation level)
Comparative Constitutional Law (LLM in development)

In addition, he teaches Constitutional and Administrative Law on the LLB. Vince supervises LLMs and has completed a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education Practice (Research Supervision) and he is second supervisor of PhDs. His role as Module Leader involves the design of all course materials and assessments, delivery of teaching and regular revisions, updates and improvements to modules. Vince develops new learning strategies where possible and includes e-learning media to enhance student learning.