Ms Odette Hutchinson

Reader in Legal Education

Odette Hutchinson

Odette joined Aston University as a full time member of staff in 2008 having previously worked as a Sessional Lecturer within the Finance Accounting and Law group in the Business School. After graduating from University College London she spent five years at Birmingham City Law School where she worked as a Lecturer in Law and chaired the Teaching and Learning Innovation Research Group.  In 2010, in recognition of the transformative impact of her teaching on the student experience, she received an institutional award for innovation and inspiration. A year later, in recognition of her outstanding contribution to teaching and learning, she received the Aston Excellence Award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year.

Phone:  +44(0)121 204 3019
Room: SW 709 A

In February 2013, Odette was a finalist for the Teaching Law with Technology Award. This award sponsored by the Association of Law Teachers, recognises outstanding use of technology in legal education. In March 2013, I was awarded the prestigious UK Law Teacher of the Year Award. This national award recognises outstanding contributions to legal education. Odette is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a member of SEDA, the Staff and Educational Development Association and is also a member of BELMAS the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society.

In March 2017, Odette won an award for ‘Most Inspirational Female Lecturer’, nominated for and voted for by Aston Women in Business Society. This recognises outstanding and inspirational teaching and support for learning.

  • 2016 - MEd, Open University, Leading and Managing in Education
  • 2014 -MA, Open University. Subject: Managing and Leading in Education
  • 2013 - PgCert Professional Practice - The Open University
  • 2008 - LLM Legal Aspects of Medical Practice - Cardiff University
  • 2007 - Supervising PhD Students - SEDA - London
  • 2006 - Supervising Masters Research Students - SEDA - London
  • 2005 - Accreditation:  Teaching in Higher Education - SEDA - London
  • 2005 - PgCert Ed Higher Education - University of Central England- Birmingham
  • 2004 - Accreditation in Teaching: Higher Education, SEDA - London
  • 2003 -  LLB (Hons) Laws - University College London -London
  • 2013 - Associate Dean Undergraduate Learning and Teaching, Aston Business School              

  • 2011 - Senior Lecturer in Law - Aston Business School
  • 2012 - 2013 Director Graduate Diploma in Law - Aston Business School
  • 2009 - 2013 Teaching Champion - Aston Business School
  • 2009 - 2013 Tutor - University of London International Programmes
  • 2008 - 2011 -  Lecturer in Law - Aston Business School
  • 2008 - 2012 - Associate Lecturer - The Open University
  • 2008 - 2011 - Critical Reader and Tutor - The Open University 
  • 2004 - 2008 - Lecturer in Law - Birmingham City University
  • 2003 - 2008 - Sessional Lecturer - Aston Business School
  • 2003 - 2004 - Visiting Lecturer in Law - Birmingham City University

I became a Teaching Champion in 2009, and remain  passionate about teaching excellence and the enhancement of the student experience here at Aston University.  

I work at the forefront of teaching and learning innovation and devote much of my time to providing a personalised, and inspirational experience for Aston students. 

My appreciation of the importance of excellence in educational leadership and management led me recently to a Post Graduate Certificate in Leading and Managing Educational Change, and then on to a Masters in Education.  So I am a student once again! 

  • In 2009,  I received an Aston Business School Award for Inspiration and innovation.
  • In  2011, I was awarded Outstanding Teacher of the year at the Aston Excellence Awards. 
  • In 2013,  I was a finalist in the Routledge Technology in Teaching Award. 
  • In 2013,  I was awarded the prestigious national OUP Law Teacher of the Year 2013.  

My teaching and research interests spread across the following areas:

  • Teaching and Learning Innovation
  • Criminal Law & Medical Law
  • Business Ethics
  • Provision of Legal Education

  • National Teaching Fellow: Awarded 2014
  • Fellow: Royal Society of Arts
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy.
  • Member, Association of Law Teachers.
  • Member, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers.
  • Member, British Educational,Management and Administration Society.
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars.
  • Member, UK Centre for Legal Education.
  • Member, Wales Medico/Legal Society.
  • Member: Staff and Educational Development Association.
Journal articles

Business Ethics for Schools 

Law and ethics are inextricably linked and all professions and organisations need a solid understanding of the legal and regulatory framework in which they operate.  

Knowledge of the law alone however, is insufficient in order to negotiate the complex web of relationships that we enter into in our professional lives.  Business leaders and professionals also need to understand their ethical and social responsibilities!

Each year I hold Business Ethics Taster Lectures for school children and college students to introduce them to the dynamic and exciting area of business ethics.

Here are some comments from students at Worcester Sixth Form College and what they thought about the Taster Lecture and their visit to Aston University in  in December 2011:

'I loved it.  It was very interesting and enjoyable and at the same time informative.'

'Really enjoyable, engaging and fun, I had a great day.'

'Exceptional! I want to study here now!'

Highly engaging and informative. Excellent!' 

More information about Business Ethics School and Colleges Events

Finding your way to the Bar!  

Here at Aston Law we are committed to widening participation and equality of opportunity within the legal profession. Each year in partnership with The Bar Council and St Philips Chambers we hold the ‘Finding your way to the Bar Conference’, at St Philips Chambers in Birmingham. The next Finding your way to the Bar Conference will be held on the 28th of July 2012.
More information 

I also run a number of Masterclasses for local students interested in studying law at university.  These taster sessions give students a taste of what studying law at university could be like.  The Masterclasses explore the criminal law and self defence.  As a martial artist I ensure the sessions are high impact and hands on! View the current Master Class schedule 

Self Defence and the Law           

Self-defence and personal safety training is for everyone; not just 'sporty types'. Having trained in a number of martial arts, including kickboxing and tae kwondo, I believe that knowledge of how to protect yourself and the people that you care about is empowering. In 2012  I am embarking on a mission to demonstrate that everyone no matter how fit, how small or uncoordinated (that is me by the way), can learn effective self-defence; that is emergency skills for emergency situations!

As part of this mission I am launching a series of short courses with Unite Tae Kwondo in 2012, which are free for Aston students and staff to attend.  These courses are part-theory, during which we teach participants how to reduce the risk of becoming involved in a dangerous, potentially violent situation and what the law stipulates.  The remainder is strictly 'hands on' and we teach participants practical and effective techniques that everyone can use to defend themselves.

These courses are suitable for men and women of all ages and fitness levels.

Administrative Roles and Responsibilities

  • Module Leader, Criminal Law, School. (2012 - Present)
  • GDL Course Director, School. (September 2011 - Present)
  • Chair of TILT, School. (September 2009 - Present)
  • Learning and Teaching Champion - Technology, School. (September 2008 - Present)
  • External Associate Examiner, Criminal Law & CLRI [Part-time]University of London. (2008 - Present)
  • Module Leader, Business Ethics, School. (2004 - Present)
  • Teaching Champion, Aston Business School, School. (2009 - 2013)
  • Tutor, University of London External Programme [Part-time]. (2008 - 2013)
  • Module Leader, English Legal System, School. (2010 - 2012)
  • Module Leader, Legal Research, School. (2008 - 2011)