Victoria Ball

victoria-ball-profile.pngGraduate Teaching Assistant
LLB (Birmingham), LLM (Birmingham)
Email: vicki.ball@le.ac.uk

Vicki joined the law school in September 2016 as a Graduate Teaching Assistant (GTA) and PhD candidate, having completed her LLB and LLM at the University of Birmingham, where she achieved a distinction in her LLM.

Vicki’s main research interest lies in the area of private law, specifically property law and the intersects of property law with tort law. Her PhD research concerns the tortious protection of property, considering the tortious mechanisms which seek to protect property or property interests (supervised by Mr Martin George and Professor Francois du Bois).

Alongside this research Vicki also has an interest in legal education research and, along with her two colleagues, Arwen Joyce and Charlotte Mills, has recently published an article in the Law Teacher. This research examines undergraduate law student perceptions of PhD tutor run small group teaching. An early draft of this paper won the Chris Gale memorial prize for best co-authored paper at the Association of Law Teachers (ALT) annual conference and was awarded jointly by the Association of Law Teachers and the Committee of Head of University Law Schools. The group are now undertaking the second stage of this research, involving focus groups, with the help of a grant awarded by the Association of Law teachers. The aim of the project as a whole is to create a best practice guide for PhD students teaching for the first time which is based on the undergraduate student voice - of crucial importance in the time of NSS and TEF metrics.

Since joining Leicester Law School Vicki has become involved with the Brilliant Club charity and has gained Associate Fellow status from the HEA. Vicki is also a member of the Network of Teacher of Land and Property (NETLAP) and has been voted as tutor of the year by the second-year law students at Leicester in 2018-19.

Current Teaching

Land Law.

Advanced Property Law (LLB) (Trespass to Land lectures)

Publications

  • Victoria Ball and Martin George, ‘The Law’s Responses to Physical Intrusions of Land’ in Dixon and George (eds) Issues in Modern Land and Property Law: Essays in Memory of Mark Thompson (Forthcoming, Hart Publishing, 2020).
  • Victoria Ball, Arwen Joyce, and Charlotte Mills, ‘“They just have more of a vibe of being ‘one of us’”: Undergraduate Law Student Perceptions of PhD Tutors’ (The Law Teacher, Available online doi:10.1080/03069400.2019.1698212, forthcoming in print)

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