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Brief Encounter - Julian Webb

First published in CommUnicate issue 316.

Julian Webb is Director of the UK Centre for Legal Education and Professor of Legal Education in the School of Law. the Centre is the Higher Education Academy’s Subject Centre for Law. The Centre is responsible for supporting law schools nationally to develop and enhance learning and teaching.

Favourite phrase
To be fair.

Least favourite phrase
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Magazines read
The Lawyer, RSA Journal, various music and arts magazines (when I get the chance)

Life before Warwick
Professor of Law at the University of Westminster for seven years, having previously taught at the University of the West of England. In the early 80s, I was a graduate student at Warwick.

Lifelong ambition
To sail a tall ship.

As a young child what did you want to be as a "grown-up"?
A doctor, I think.

Now that you are grown-up what would be your "dream job"?
I’m very lucky – I’ve been doing it in one form or another for the past 24 years.

Best thing about working at Warwick
The bureaucracy is relatively light touch by comparison with most new universities.

Worst thing about working at Warwick
So far – endlessly explaining that the University’s not actually in Warwick.

If you could change one thing in the University overnight, what would it be?
Introduce a good direct bus link from central campus to Warwick town.

People are always surprised to learn this about me, but...
I lived on a narrow boat when I first moved back to London.

What do you treasure most?
My family. More prosaically, I also have some original Art Nouveau cufflinks I’m rather fond of.

Which person inspires you most, and why?
My partner, Moira, for all sorts of reasons, but particularly for her commitment to making a difference for other people.

Your favourite hobby or pastime?
Listening to music and cooking.

Any hidden talents?
Absolutely none!