Anna Garland

Course Director

School of Law, Policing and Forensics

I studied English at the University of Cambridge before deciding to pursue a career in Law. After completing my Graduate Diploma in Law at Staffordshire University (with Distinction). I went to the Inns of Court School of Law in London, to undertake the vocational stage of training. I was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1994 and practised as a Barrister specialising in Family and Criminal Law; I studied my LLM in Family Law here at Staffordshire part-time, whilst in practice. I also have professional experience of providing advocacy services to children and young people in local authority care, hospitals and Young Offender Institutions. I am a qualified and experienced teacher in both maintained schools and the Higher Education sector, and my doctoral research is in international student experience of UK academic practices. My main teaching interests are in Criminal Litigation and Evidence.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Society for Research into Higher Education
  • Association of Law Teachers

Academic qualifications

  • LLM (Family Law) (Distinction) Staffordshire University
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Law, Inns of Court School of Law
  • Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction) Staffordshire University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education – Keele University
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education – University of Gloucestershire
  • BA (Hons) – University of Cambridge
  • Barrister


Criminal Litigation

Research interests

  • Internationalisation, international student experience and engaged pedagogy.


  • Criminal Litigation (CILEx)
  • Introduction to the Law of Evidence
  • Criminal Litigation
  • Advanced Criminal Practice
  • Advocacy
  • Law, Policy and Practice
Top 250 Young University

Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2020

Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Top 15 for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020