Anna Garland

Course Director

Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

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
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021