Dr Alison Dunn
Senior Lecturer in Law

  • Email: alison.dunn@ncl.ac.uk
  • Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 7560
  • Fax: +44 (0) 191 208 8990
  • Address: Newcastle Law School
    Newcastle University
    Newcastle upon Tyne
    NE1 7RU


Alison read law at the University of Leicester, where she was awarded LLB (Hons) and PhD degrees. Her PhD thesis examined the role of equity in providing for the legal conscience of society. 

Roles and Responsibilities

Alison was the Law School's Director of Excellence in Learning and Teaching  (DELT) (2013-2015).  This role included chairing the Law School's Teaching and Learning Committee, being a member of the HASS Faculty Learning, Teaching and Student Experience Committee and being a member of the University's DELT Forum.


Previously Alison has undertaken the following roles:

Member of the Law School Research Committee (2001-2012)

Postgraduate Research Degree Programme Director (2009-2012)

Postgraduate Research Selector (2009-2010)

LLB Degree Programme Director (2005-2007)
Chair of the Law School Undergraduate Board of Studies (2005-2007)
Chair of the Law School Teaching and Learning Committee (2005-2007)
Member of the HASS Faculty Teaching and Learning Committee (2005-2007)
Deputy Degree Programme Director for the Law School's LLM degrees (2002-2005)
Law School's Third Strand Co-ordinator (2004-2005)


PhD, Faculty of Law, University of Leicester
LLB (Hons), Faculty of Law, University of Leicester
Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Previous Positions

Visiting Scholar, Center for the Study of Voluntary Organizations & Service, Georgetown Public Policy Institute, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA
Visiting Scholar at Independent University, Lisbon


Society of Legal Scholars, member of Council (2000-2013), member of Executive Committee (2011-2014)  www.legalscholars.ac.uk/text/index.cfm

Socio-Legal Studies Association, member of Executive committee (2002-2009) www.slsa.ac.uk

Charity Law Association (UK) www.charitylawassociation.org.uk/

Voluntary Sector Studies Network (UK) www.vssn.org.uk/

Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) www.arnova.org/

International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) www.istr.org/

Honours and Awards

Law Lecturer of the Year, Northern Law Awards (2015)

Recipient of the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching (2013) 

Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (RSA) www.rsa.org.uk/

Research Profile

Alison's research interests are in charity law and the law relating to the voluntary and community sector, particularly governance and the regulation of political activities of charities and other voluntary and community sector organisations. She has published widely in this field and her work has been cited by the New Zealand Supreme Court.  Alison also researches in the fields of equity, trusts and land law.  You can view a list of Alison's publications here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/nuls/staff/profile/alison.dunn#tab_publications

Alison has received funding from the British Academy, the AHRC and the Society of Legal Scholars.  Alison has undertaken commissioned work on socio-economic research on trustee exemption clauses for the Law Commission.  She has also undertaken appointment panel work for the Judicial Appointments Commission in the Ministry of Justice for the first judicial appointees to the charity law tribunal.  Alison is also a member of the editorial board of King’s Law Journal.


Undergraduate Teaching

Land Law (Lecturer, seminarist) (LLB stage 1)

Equity (Module Co-ordinator, lecturer, seminarist) (LLB stage 2)


Teaching Awards

Alison was awarded the Law Lecturer of the Year Award at the Northern Law Awards in 2015 and the Vice Chancellor's Distinguished Teacher Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013. 

She was nominated for the Teaching Excellence Awards (TEA) run by Newcastle University Students’ Union in the ‘Innovative Teaching’ category (2013, 2014, 2015 and shortlisted in 2014), the 'Pastoral Support' category (2013) and the Taught Supervisor of the Year category (2015). She was nominated in the 'Innovative Teaching' category of the Learning and Teaching Excellence Awards (LATE) in 2012.

Alison was also nominated for the Oxford University Press Lecturer of the Year in 2013/14 and has been nominated four years running for the LawCareers.Net Law Lecturer of the Year (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015).