Keele legal initiative shortlisted for national award

Posted on 26 April 2016

Dr Jane Krishnadas and the CLOCK (Community Legal Outreach Collaboration, Keele) team at Keele have been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

The CLOCK initiative has been listed among the finalists for an ARMA award in the Public Engagement and Advocacy category. ARMA is the UK's professional association for research managers and administrators.

CLOCK (Community Legal Outreach Collaboration, Keele) is a research-led collaborative model for Access to Justice, bringing together courts, voluntary groups and legal companies to train Law Students to be Community Legal Companions who are able to assist individuals in their interactions with court, and create alternative pathways for Access to Justice.

Since reaching the final short-list for the ARMA Awards in 2015, CLOCK  has been further supported by the Keele Research Management Team to create a step change in inter-University collaboration for research based public policy engagement and advocacy at the national and international level, through the UKIERI ‘Research Innovations in Social and Legal Methodologies, and the Social Innovation for ‘Scale and Growth’ SeeChange, UnLtd/Hefce . This step change has been prompted by the increasing public demand for access to justice.

Dr Jane Krishnadas said: "This award reflects the importance of the Keele Research Team to create a secure and supportive environment for academics to create concepts and bring into fruition through public engagement and advocacy at the national and international level."