Describe your job in ten words.
I teach, research, and write about law here at Oxford.
What does a typical day look like?
One of my favourite things about this job is that there is no such thing as a typical day! During the eight weeks of term, I will usually teach a mix of tutorials, seminars, and lectures, attend meetings with colleagues in College and the Faculty, and enjoy social events such as Magdalen’s Atkin Society moots and dinners. The rest of the year is taken up with research, writing, and attending conferences and workshops.
What is the best part of your job?
Working with different people – students, colleagues, practitioners, policy makers. It’s also both exhilarating and rather daunting to have your theoretical concepts put to the test by different conference audiences. Finally, the freedom to pursue new and interesting ideas.
How did Oxford prepare you for your chosen career path?
First and foremost, by introducing me to what I teach and research in today: I became interested in EU law and Employment law during my final year. My BA taught me how to shape and improve ideas and arguments through many a tutorial discussion. Learning from your friends and tutors in those weekly meetings is something truly unique about the Jurisprudence course.
What do you know now that you wish you had known then?
Just what you can do with an Oxford degree! It was clear to me that only academia would give me the time to engage in the questions and puzzles that interested me most, but my students have gone on to be musicians, civil servants, city workers – and one even became a chicken farmer in South America!