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Mr Alan Birbeck

Mr Alan Birbeck


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I am academic lead for

UG Criminal Litigation;

PG Criminal Law and

PG Public Law.

I have a proven track record of leadership delivering for students on operations, policy, skills and teaching.

In September 2014 I became a full-time law lecturer but maintained an associate practice at the bar.

My career bridges the academic and practitioner communities. I am committed to LSBU’s desire to provide a quality legal education embedded within the wider legal and local community.

I support the Law Division mission of promoting Human Rights, the rule of law and social justice through my teaching and impact.


My teaching and roles portfolio includes

-Academic lead for Undergraduate Criminal Litigation (including Advocacy and Criminal Evidence) on the LLB Law Programmes

-Academic lead for Postgraduate Criminal Law on the LLM/PGDL Legal Studies

-Academic lead for Postgraduate Public Law on the LLM/PGDL Legal Studies (Post January 2022)

-Supervising Undergraduate and Postgraduate projects and dissertations

-Academic Lead for the Law Division Assessments, Student Skills and Support; and Timetabling co-ordinating policy and operational delivery for 700 students and 25 staff


As Course Director of Undergraduate Law programmes September 2016-August 2020 I additionally synergised strong working links between students, academic staff, and the University’s professional services teams in relation to a variety of issues, including:

- Assessments - including drafting assessment policy; leading operational strategy and aligning to secure parity and rigour in internal and external processes.

- Communication - Working with the Director of Education and external consultants to re-structured student facing communications sites to align to Course, Employability, Skills, and tutoring. The project provides ‘consistent compelling content’ to support students.

- Curriculum development -in particular in light of the professional bodies’ proposed changes to legal education, including PSRB compliance and revalidation.

- Digitally enhanced learning - in particular, the use of formative activities, student feedback and reflection; using advocacy to enhance teaching and active learning piloting the use of Panopto.

- Estates -supporting the student and staff experience of the estate.

- External examiner inclusion in the LSBU community of practice; franchising frameworks; inclusivity in the curriculum; integrated library and learning resources; marketing (including outreach, website, and video promotions).

- Multiple Choice Testing -drafting mock SQE style questions for a partner SQE provider

- Senior Fellow status with the Higher Education Authority.

- Student curriculum pathways (alumni, careers, options talk, and support).

- Student journey scheduling and support (frame working the student journey through marketing, enrolment, Induction, Foundation, teaching pathways, through to graduation and employability and alumni).

- Regulatory compliance and development; study skills support and supporting student and academic wellbeing.

- Validation preparing reports on assessment; structure and strategy.

Courses taught

Law - LLB (Hons)

Law (Criminology) - LLB (Hons)

Law (Criminal Law) 2022/23


London South Bank University

MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice

The University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall

BPTC Barister


Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Authority

SFHEA via London South Bank University

Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Inner Temple
Oxford Union
University of Law
External examiner

External Examiner for the UK wide LPC Programmes


Advance Criminal Litigation

September 2019

Filter publications

Aspiring to Inspire: Student Engagement and Advocacy Teaching
Birbeck, A. (2016). Aspiring to Inspire: Student Engagement and Advocacy Teaching. International Advocacy Teaching Conference. Nottingham, UK 24 - 25 Jun 2016 London South Bank University.