The Law School has a strong reputation for excellence in research: staff are committed to producing high quality publications, which impact on legal scholarship and outside academia. Students benefit directly from that expertise in teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and in PhD supervision. The Grade Point Average measuring the overall quality of the Law School’s research output in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) was ranked first for law in Scotland (the REF is the official UK-wide system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions, and it takes place approximately every five years). The 2014 REF also determined that 65% of our research publications were either world leading or internationally excellent, 30% were recognised internationally and 5% were recognised nationally. Our research impact case studies, which showcase the impact that our research has outside academia, were found to provide evidence of very considerable or considerable impact in terms of reach and significance in relation to law-making and policy-making.
The Stirling Law School seeks to foster excellent legal research by staff without any prescription as to subject area or methodology and to encourage and support colleagues to develop their scholarship to the very best of their abilities. Research by staff therefore is both socio-legal and doctrinal, and a range of different methodologies and philosophies are utilised. Much of the work which is done is library-based, although a number of colleagues conduct (mainly qualitative) empirical research. Our aim is to maximise research quality, impact beyond academia and funding. Research is centred around a number of clusters, reflecting staff expertise: Private Law, Environmental and Energy Law, Public Law, Competition Law, Intellectual Property and Legal Philosophy.
Our staff research and publish in a number of areas, including:
Law staff are also involved in a number of research networks and groups including: