13 Mar 2012

Professor Jane Frecknall-Hughes is appointed Head of The Open University Law School

The Open University has appointed Professor Jane Frecknall-Hughes as Head of its Law School.

An expert in taxation, Professor Frecknall-Hughes has worked as a chartered tax consultant and chartered accountant. Her academic work has been instrumental in taking tax research forward into a number of different areas from an interdisciplinary perspective, such as legal history, ethics, strategic management, international business, finance and the history and development of the tax and legal professions. Until May 2009 she was President of The Tax Research Network (TRN) and she has written articles on taxation for numerous publishers and journals.

She has taught and examined undergraduates at all levels across a wide range of business subjects including revenue law, business law, auditing and financial and management accounting. In addition to this, she has co-designed modules at postgraduate and undergraduate levels, and formulated teaching policy and practice as a programme director and divisional director of studies.

On her appointment Professor Frecknall-Hughes said "I am delighted and honoured to be leading The Open University’s Law School at such an exciting time. Since its conception in 1998, the School has gone from strength to strength and is now helping almost 6,000 students to study law. We are continuing this expansion with the introduction of our first postgraduate qualification, our new Masters in Law (LLM) which saw presentation of its first module to students in May 2011 with further modules scheduled to commence in May and November this year”.

Professor Frecknall-Hughes has two undergraduate degrees from the University of Oxford, a doctorate in revenue law and tax practice, postgraduate teaching qualifications from the University of Leeds and a Masters in Commercial Law from the University of Northumbria. She is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

The Open University Law School was established some 14 years ago, and the law degree offered has been developed in partnership with The College of Law. It is approved by the legal professional bodies and so is recognised as a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD), the first step towards qualifying as a lawyer. OU law modules have been praised by senior judges, eminent lawyers and internationally acclaimed legal academics.

Notes to Editors

The Open University Law School is home to over 5000 Students. It offers amongst its programmes an LLB (Hons) – a qualifying law degree in England and Wales- in collaboration with The College of Law and new a master’s degree in law (LLM). The most popular law module is Rules, rights and justice: an introduction to law which has more than 2,500 currently studying.

The OU has been one of the top three UK universities for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey every year since the survey began in 2005. In 2010/11 it had a 93 per cent satisfaction rating.
For more information, please see its website at

Cherie Booth QC was appointed visiting professor in Law on 5th August 2011. She will present occasional lectures on themes relating to human rights and public law.

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