Mr Craig Newbery-Jones

Mr Craig Newbery-Jones

Lecturer in Law

School of Law, Criminology and Government (Faculty of Business)


Craig is a lecturer in law at Plymouth University Law School. This role involves contributing effectively to the delivery of the LLB programme, teaching on the core Introduction to Law, Legal Systems and Skills, Dispute Resolution and Contract Law modules. This includes module administration, lecturing, workshop tutoring and examination responsibilities. Craig has also been responsible for the development and leadership of a number of other legal modules including Introduction to Law for Law Minors, Effective Legal Problem Solving, Contemporary Legal Issues, and Contract Law for the GDL (Graduate Diploma in Law). As module convenor, he is responsible for the overall module design, delivery, assessment and management of these courses. He is presently responsible for the pastoral care of around 20 personal tutees and is currently supervising 6 dissertation students based around his specialised fields of legal history, contract and commercial law.


Craig's educational background includes completing an LLB (Qualifying) law degree from the University of Exeter in 2008 and a LLM by Research under the supervision of Professor David Sugarman from Lancaster University in 2009. He is currently completing a PhD in Legal History (part-time) under the supervision of Professor Chantal Stebbings at the University of Exeter having submitted his thesis for examination in April 2015. He began his teaching career at the University of Exeter Law School in 2010 acting as a Graduate Teaching Assistant for the Contract Law and Environmental Law modules. Following excellent student feedback and staff peer review results, he successfully obtained a full-time lecturing position in January 2012. Alongside his teaching of core legal modules and elective courses, Craig acted as e-learning and digital resource coordinator for the Law School. In this role, he led many strategic education projects aimed at improving educational practice and the student learning experience. In September 2013, Craig was offered another lectureship at Plymouth University Law School. 

Craig also holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Academic Practice (PGCAP) from Plymouth University, specialising in experiential learning and employability.

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2015-Present)

Plymouth University Nineteenth Century Studies (PUNCS) (2014-Present)

Society of Legal Scholars (SLS) (2014-Present)

SOLON: Interdisciplinary Collaborative Research Group in Law, Crime and History (2013-Present) 

UCU (Plymouth Branch) (2013-Present)

Association for the Study of Law, Culture and the Humanities (2012-Present)

The Devon and Exeter Institution (2010-Present) 

Bracton Centre for Legal History Research,University of Exeter (2009-Present)

Science, Culture and the Law at Exeter (SCuLE) (2012-2013)

Teaching interests

LAW1207 - Legal Skills

LAW1208 - Legal Systems and Skills

LAW1213 - Contemporary Legal Issues

LAW3115 - Contract Law (GDL)

Research interests

Craig’s major research specialisms are legal history, most notably nineteenth century legal history, professional legal history and the history of the press in the Victorian age. His research also draws upon specialisms in the representation of law and lawyers in popular and press culture, often intersecting with considerations of the ethics and regulation of legal professionals in England and Wales. Craig is currently completing a PhD (part-time) under the supervision of Professor Chantal Stebbings at the University of Exeter Law School as the Clifford Parker Memorial Scholar. His thesis entitled‘Constructing a Popular Image: The Press Representation of the Bar in Nineteenth Century England’ explores the representation of the barrister in the press of nineteenth century and its far-reaching effects on themes and motifs found in modern popular culture. Craig’s research explores how the press represented the bar to the public through exposure of the profession, as well as their reporting of the bar's regulatory and educational affairs. It also addresses the manner in which the press of the nineteenth century created a widespread public image of the profession and how the themes that arose from these depictions are no different to themes found in modern popular culture.

Other research

Craig also has a keen interest in pedagogical theory, research and innovation. He has led numerous projects based around Experiential Learning, Technology Enhanced Learning and Problem Based Learning. Craig was personally responsible for the design, development, implementation and management of the Excel@Law transition project. This was an innovative educational project that used technology to prepare students for university and to aid the transition to studying law. He also designed and implemented the VBR (Virtual Board Room) as a companion to the University of Exeter’s VLF (Virtual Law Firm) project. The‘virtual boardroom’ is an online collaborative environment that gives students the opportunity to work together and prepare caseload work by researching tasks using specific legal resources and the internet. Craig also has a keen interest in embedding employability skills in the undergraduate curriculum and has worked on numerous projects that have focused on this specific area of pedagogical practice.

Grants & contracts

While at Exeter, Craig was awarded funding from the Higher Education Academy to run a day long seminar entitled ‘Preparing First Year Law Students for a Changing Legal World.’ The HEA awarded the funding in recognition of the innovative and ground breaking projects that had been undertaken by Exeter. He has also secured funding for the Excel@Law project from both the Technology Enhanced Learning Fund (£3,500) and the University of Exeter Annual Fund Grant (£4,500). These awards were presented in recognition of the innovative nature and pedagogical value of the Excel@Law project.

Craig has recently received funding from iSPER (Institute of Social Policy and Enterprise Research) to create a research imitative entitled #CHITCHAT? (Crime, History and Institutions: Transdisciplinary Conversations in Heritage, Art and Transmedia). #CHITCHAT? will act as a sandpit for research collaboration, and as a forum for the development of tools that encourage public engagement with our research findings and other heritage materials. At its core, this initiative will engage academic researchers, industry professionals, heritage stakeholders, and the general public in transdisciplinary conversations around Crime, History and Public Institutions through transmedia methods, sources, and platforms. This initiative will include an initial seminar to bring together various academics, heritage providers, industry professionals, and technical specialists, to discuss possibilities for projects and strategise around methods and platforms for dissemination. The aim is to develop and incorporate Augmented Reality (AR) or Virtual Reality (VR) technology to engage the public in the history of their community.


Moore, I. & Newbery-Jones, C. J. The Successful Law Student, Oxford University Press (Forthcoming, May 2018) 

Firth, N. and Newbery-Jones, C. J. 'Digital Assessment for the YouTube Generation: Reflective Practice in Twenty-First Century Legal Education' Edited Collection on 50 years of Assessment in Law (Forthcoming)

Newbery-Jones, C. J. 'Ethical Experiments with the D-Pad: Exploring the Potential of Video Games as a Phenomenological Tool for Experiential Legal Education' (2016) 50(1) The Law Teacher, 61-81, Access online at: 

Newbery-Jones, C. J. ‘Screencasting Ethics and Values: Teaching Contemporary Legal Issues and Collective Legal Values Through Live Screencasting’ (2016) 50(2) The Law Teacher, 242-254, Access online at:

Newbery-Jones, C. J. ‘Answering the Call of Duty: The Phenomenology of Justice in Twenty-First Century Video Games’ (2015) 9(1) Law and Humanities, 78-102, Access online at:

Newbery-Jones, C. J. ‘Trying to Do the Right Thing: Experiential Learning, e-Learning and Employability Skills in Modern Legal Education’ (2015) 6(1) European Journal of Law and Technology. Access online at:

Newbery-Jones, C. J. ‘Legal Heroes and Practising Villains in the Nineteenth Century Press’ (2014) 6 PL&CJRev. 58

Newbery-Jones, C. J. ‘Review of Rowbotham, J. Stevenson, K. and Pegg, S. Crime News in Modern Britain: Press Reporting and Responsibility, 1820-2010 (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013)’ (Apr. 2014) 35(1) Journal of Legal History, 90-91

Newbery-Jones, C. J. & Prince, S. ‘Preparing First Year Law Students for a Changing Legal World.’ HEA Social Science Seminar Series (June, 2013) -

Reports & invited lectures

Invited Speaker at the Bracton Law Society International Pro Bono Week Panel Debate, November 2013: Do Legal Professionals have a Moral Obligation to Perform Pro Bono Work?

Invited Speaker at University of Exeter International Summer School, July 2013: Cultures of Crime: The Criminal Mind

FRUNI Award Public Lecture, February 2013: The Lawyer, Ethics and Popular Culture: Legal Heroes and Practising Villains

Invited Speaker at the Scottish Legal History Conference, University of Aberdeen Civil Law Centre, July 2011: Our Learned Friends...The Shifting Public Image of the Barrister in the Nineteenth Century Press

Other academic activities

Craig is currently KIS co-ordinator and Communications and Social Media Manager for the Law School

Craig also sits on the Law School Teaching and Learning Committee and the Law School Marketing and Employability Team

In 2015, Craig was awarded the UPSU STARR Award for Most Inspiring Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and was awarded Best Law Lecturer by the Plymouth Student Law Society.

Additional information

Craig has a keen interest in music and plays bass in a band based in Exeter. He owns a VW camper van and spends many weekends travelling Devon and Cornwall's beautiful countryside. He enjoys walking, exploring and climbing but also enjoys appreciating cinema.  


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