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.

Research interests

  • Legal education
  • Law and emotion
  • Academic work
  • Academic identities
  • Compassion 

Further information


  • Association of Law Teachers (ALT)
  • Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA)
  • Legal Education Research Network (LERN)
  • Legal Education, Innovation and Practice (LEIP) 




Conference papers

  • 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.


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