Aysha Mazhar is a doctoral researcher and a Legal Education, Innovation and Practice (LEIP) Scholar at the School of Law, Keele University. Her doctoral research explores the manifestations of compassion in legal academia in the jurisdiction of England and Wales. Her further work outside of her PhD is on doctoral education. Some of her works are published across leading journals such as British Journal of Educational Studies, Educational Review and The Law Teacher.
Aysha holds a BA (Hons) in History, a Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE) and a Masters of Laws from Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to joining Keele in September 2018, Aysha has had extensive experience in experiential legal education such as doing outreach work with the Greater Manchester Law Centre and mentoring students from primary school to sixth form under the National Centre for Citizenship and Law, via a public legal education syndicate.
Aysha is also co-editor of Under Construction@ Keele, the postgraduate journal based at the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at Keele University.
Research and scholarship
Aysha’s doctoral research project offers an exploration of the manifestations of compassion in the jurisdiction of England and Wales. She is particularly interested in the working lives of the legal academic and how compassion can exist in the more visible facets of academia, such as research and teaching and in the more hidden, underappreciated sides, such as pastoral care, other forms of emotional labour and the academic self. To achieve this, surveys, interviews and autoethnography will be the methods used to develop a theory in understanding the extent of compassion in legal academia.
- Legal education
- Law and emotion
- Academic work
- Academic identities
- Association of Law Teachers (ALT)
- Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)
- Legal Education Research Network (LERN)
- Legal Education, Innovation and Practice (LEIP)
- Fox, R. and Mazhar, A. (2023) ‘Law postgraduate researchers and the cost-of-living crisis: An intervention’, The Law Teacher. pp. 1-13. (Online First) https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2023.2246361
- Mazhar, A. (2023) ‘Book Review: Practising compassion in higher education: caring for self and others through challenging times’, British Journal of Educational Studies. 71(4), pp. 468-470. https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2023.2218023
- Mazhar, A. (2023) ‘Learning Resource Review: Wellbeing and the legal academy’, The Law Teacher. 57(2), pp. 237-238. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2023.2193537
- Mazhar, A. (2023) ‘Learning Resource Review: What is legal education for? Reassessing the purposes of early twenty-first century learning and law schools’, The Law Teacher. 57(1), pp. 101-103. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2022.2153313
- Mazhar, A. (2023) ‘Book Review: The doctoral journey as an emotional, embodied, political experience: stories from the field’, British Journal of Educational Studies. 71(1), pp. 119-120. https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2022.2107735
- Mazhar, A. (2022) ‘Learning Resource Review: Doctoral degree programs in law: an international and comparative study of the English-speaking world’, The Law Teacher. 56(4), pp. 554-556. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2022.2076492
- Mazhar, A. (2022) ‘Learning Resource Review: Better law for a better world: new approaches to law practice and education’, The Law Teacher. 56(3), pp. 427-428. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2021.1997325
- Mazhar, A. (2022) ‘Learning Resource Review: American legal education abroad: critical histories’, The Law Teacher. 56(2), pp. 300-301. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2021.1989559
- Mazhar, A. (2022) ‘Book Review: Refiguring universities in an age of neoliberalism: creating compassionate campuses’, British Journal of Educational Studies. 70(2), pp. 257-258. https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2021.1977548
- Mazhar, A. (2021) ‘Book Review: Towards the compassionate university: from golden thread to global impact’, British Journal of Educational Studies. 69(6), pp. 795-797. https://doi.org/10.1080/00071005.2021.1936867
- Mazhar, A. (2021) ‘Learning Resource Review: Key directions in legal education: national and international perspectives’, The Law Teacher. 55(1), pp. 105-106. https://doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2020.1776007
- Mazhar, A. (2020) ““Feels like I’m decanting the contents of my skull on here”: personal reflections of a legal education researcher”. 12th Annual Postgraduate Research Conference. Manchester Metropolitan University, 4 March 2020.
- Mazhar, A. (2019) “Manifestations of Compassion in the UK Legal Academy”. Law Postgraduate Research Students Presentation Day. Keele University, 6 March 2019.