Dr Matt Garrett

Senior Lecturer in Law, Joint Programme Leader Undergraduate Courses

Matt determined he wanted to be a University Lecturer from an early stage of his Law Degree.  In pursuit of that goal he completed his undergraduate degree before undertaking an MPhil and PhD, all at Aberyswyth.  He embarked on his lecturing career in the summer of 2003.


LLB (Hons), University of Wales, Aberystwyth 1996

MPhil, University of Wales, Aberystwyth 2000

PhD, University of Wales, Aberystwyth 2006

PGCE Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 2008


Matt has been part of the University of Chester Law School since it started teaching degrees in 2005.  Prior to this he had held posts at the University of Coventry and Edgehill University.

As well as teaching on Law courses, Matt has interests in widening participation at University.  He is himself a beneficiary of the increased participation in degree study and works actively with the University of Chester Outreach/Schools and College's liaison team.

He also considers it important to provide students with development opportunities alongside their degrees and provides support for debating, mooting and the Student Law Society.  He is also now a Joint Programme Leader for undergraduate courses which means he has joint responsibility for the management and administration of the undergraduate law courses. As part of that responsibility he is trying to engage students more with this aspect so they can feed into the continued development of the Law School.

His interest is not just directed towards engaging with potential university applicants but has assisted a colleague, Chantal Davies, in researching the black, minority and ethnic student experience in higher education.


Matt has responsibility for teaching across all three years of the undergraduate degree.  In the first year he leads the Contract Law module and in the second year he leads the Commercial Law module.  In the third year he is currently part of the teaching team for Equity & Trusts and module leader on Social Control: A Legal History.


As well as researching with the research into the black, minority and ethnic student experience, Matt has a long standing interest in legal history.  His MPhil thesis was titled - Was the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act a Penal Measure in Disguise? And this was followed by his PhD thesis which was titled The Poor Law 1890-1914: More or Less Institutionalisation.