Dr Chantal Davies: Senior Lecturer, Law School

After graduating with a Law degree from Oxford University, Chantal qualified as a solicitor with Eversheds in Cardiff specialising in Employment, Human Rights and Discrimination Law. She then moved on to practice as a Senior Solicitor in Davies Wallis Foyster in Manchester.

In 1998, she moved to work as a solicitor for the EOC in Manchester establishing and heading up a Department tackling strategic and wider enforcement of the gender equality legislation (the Follow Up and Wider Enforcement Unit). Whilst working as a solicitor for the EOC, apart from taking a number of major legal test cases to the higher courts, she was also invited to give several keynote lectures to leading national organisations. She has appeared on Legal Network television discussing the legal implications of the Part Time Workers regulations and on Einstein Network legal videos. She has worked with the Institute of Public Policy Research in relation to the possibility of setting up a Fair Employment Commission and was a member of the Euroneb Working Group on strategic enforcement. She has published a number of articles for various publications including the Equal Opportunities Review and has been involved in several projects investigating issues of gender and race equality.

She is currently a Senior Lecturer in Law and Module Leader for Human Rights Law and Discrimination Law at undergraduate level and Module Leader for the Employment and Discrimination module at postgraduate level in the Law School at  the University of Chester. She is also a member of the University of Chester Diversity and Equality Committee/Forum, a Diversity Advocate and Disability Link Tutor demonstrating her continuing commitment and experience of equality issues in the HE context. Since 2005, Chantal has organised an annual Diversity and Equality Conference which has been successfully attended by key external stakeholders.

Chantal has recently successfully completed a 12 month funded project considering the experiences of Black, Minority and Ethnic (‘BME’) undergraduate students and undergone a process of dissemination which has included presenting findings at various international conferences. This work has also formed the basis of an institutional report and peer reviewed publication. She has also organised, hosted and presented at a day long research symposium ‘Exploring the experience of BME students in Higher Education’ at the University of Chester in February 2012. Chantal is currently undertaking research following up on some of the key findings of the BME experience project in relation to the perceptions of BME students within Higher Education towards employability.

It is Chantal’s intention and the Law school to use her knowledge of strategic management and the establishment of relevant units to consolidate this existing work into a Forum for Research into Equality and Diversity. Future anticipated work includes several conferences organised for 2014 in relation to assessment and students with SpLDs in accordance with the Equality Act 2010, the development of a body of postgraduate students in this area and a paper on ethnicity and categorisation which has been presented at conference and is ready to submit for peer reviewed publication.