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About Dr Matthew Garrett

Matt has been part of the University of Chester Law School since it started teaching degrees in 2005.  Prior to this he had held posts at the University of Coventry and Edgehill University.

As well as teaching on Law courses, Matt has interests in widening participation at University.  He is himself a beneficiary of the increased participation in degree study and works with the University of Chester Outreach/Schools and College's liaison team.

He also has responsibility within the Law School for issues to do with the student experience. This encompasses working with students to ensure their views feed into the taught programmes and wider Law School activities including extra-curricular opportunities.

His interest is not just directed towards engaging with potential university applicants but has assisted a colleague, Chantal Davies, in researching the black, minority and ethnic student experience in higher education.


Matt has responsibility for teaching across all three years of the undergraduate degree.  In the first year he leads the Contract Law module and in the second year he teaches on the Commercial Law module.  In the third year he is Module Leader on Social Control: A Legal History. He also teaches on the Masters programme run by the Law School.


As well as researching with the research into the black, minority and ethnic student experience, Matt has a long standing interest in legal history.  His MPhil thesis was titled - Was the 1834 Poor Law Amendment Act a Penal Measure in Disguise? And this was followed by his PhD thesis which was titled The Poor Law 1890-1914: More or Less Institutionalisation.


LLB (Hons), University of Wales, Aberystwyth 1996

MPhil, University of Wales, Aberystwyth 2000

PhD, University of Wales, Aberystwyth 2006

PGCE Learning and Teaching in Higher Education 2008