New chief takes helm at Bristol Institute of Legal Practice

The University of West of England (UWE) has promoted Steve Dinning to head up the Bristol Institute of Legal Practice.

Dinning who teaches Financial Services Regulation, Business Accounts and Corporate Finance on the LPC at UWE takes over from Paul Rylance who has been appointed head of knowledge exchange in the social sciences and humanities faculty.

Commenting on his appointment Dinning said: Im very excited by the challenges that lie ahead. In the immediate future there are the opportunities presented by the forthcoming revalidation of the LPC. UWE is well known for the rigour of its LPC and the personal attention and support it offers to students. Our challenge is to maintain these features while delivering a flexible programme supported by appropriate e-learning techniques.

I would also like to use my new role to raise UWEs profile nationally, added Dinning.

Prior to joining UWE Dinning practiced as a corporate lawyer at magic circle firm Clifford Chance. During his time at UWE Dinning has been course director for both its full-time and part-time (open learning) LPCs as well as overall programmes director with responsibility for UWEs relationship with the Solicitors Regulation Authority and its external examiners.

As well as the LPC UWE offers the CPE, the conversion course for non-law graduates, and the Bar Vocational course. The university currently has around 280 full-time LPC students.

UWE has been awarded the highest possible assessment ratings by the SRA consistently over the last 12 years.