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Emma McAndry

Reader in Mediation

Emma is a qualified solicitor with many years of experience. She specialises in litigation and mediation and is an accredited mediator. Since joining the University she has drawn on her working experience in her teaching and research.

Emma McAndry

She has been teaching at UCLan for 13 years. Prior to that she qualified as a solicitor and specialised in civil and commercial litigation as well as dispute resolution. She now teaches across a wide range of subjects and programmes, including the undergraduate degree course, postgraduate Legal Practice Course, Professional Skills course and CPD courses.

The University's renowned Mediation Centre and Clinic was founded by Emma. It undertakes work with staff, students, external agencies and members of the public, providing dispute resolution services to people who have been referred to the Centre. Mediation offers them the opportunity to resolve disputes in a non-judgemental, confidential environment without having to pursue legal avenues or incur substantial court costs.

In recent years her students have been amassing major prizes in numerous regional, national and international mooting and mediation competitions. These are high profile, prestigious and hotly-contested events involving students from some of the world’s top universities and law schools. At an event held in Chicago (2016) one of Emma’s students beat off competition from 150 others to land the trophy for Best Individual Mediator. Another student came fourth out of over 100 students in a separate international competition hosted in London the same year. Then in 2017 a delegation of Lancashire Law School students brought home a clutch of prizes in a national competition, including Best Individual Mediator, Best Party and Best Team.

Emma is the proud winner of three Golden Rose Awards, voted for by students themselves and presented by the Students’ Union at UCLan in recognition of her Real World Teaching. She was also the recipient of a national ‘Rising Star’ Award from the Professional Mediators Association in 2016, while the International Academy of Dispute Resolution recently awarded her the trophy for Outstanding New Mediation Programme.