Daughter of Cornwall leads new law degree programme
Professor Melanie Williams is heading up the University of
Exeter's Law School in Cornwall, which brings an opportunity
to study for an Exeter law degree on the Tremough campus near
Professor Williams has Cornish roots in a tin mining family.
Her grandfather, Isaac Hosking worked the winding engine at
South Crofty for 40 years. Her father Ernest Hosking grew
up in Pool and scored the top marks in the county in the school
examinations before joining the Navy at 15. He then taught
himself sufficient law to become Probate Registrar for Devon
She has been Professor of Law at the University of Swansea
since 2005 and previously worked at the University of Aberystwyth.
She studied law at Cambridge, having passed the open entrance
exam aged 27 with two young children. She is moving to Falmouth
with her husband.
Professor Melanie Williams says: "I am excited
to be heading up this new law degree that combines the quality
and reputation of the University of Exeter course with the
fantastic location of studying in Cornwall."
She adds: "Studying law is tough but also immensely
rewarding. It has an incredibly broad scope – you can
help your community or apply law to wider fields, such as
my personal interest in looking at the law in works of literature.
I came into law as I have a great interest in moral questions
and what makes people decide what is right and wrong. I look
forward to sharing my passion with the new law undergraduates
in Cornwall, whether they are eighteen years old on the threshold
of life or mature students – both groups with which
I have an empathy and shared experience."
The University of Exeter will offer degrees in law at its
Cornwall campus from September 2007. The course will be delivered
at the Tremough campus in Penryn, which the University of
Exeter shares with University College Falmouth as part of
the Combined Universities in Cornwall (CUC) initiative. There
is an open day for prospective students on Saturday 14 October.
Melanie Williams takes up her post of Professor and Founding
Chair in Law in January 2007. The first law undergraduates
on the Cornwall campus will start in September 2007.
Professor John Usher, Head of the University of Exeter's
Law School says: "Professor Williams' appointment
and the addition of these prestigious Law programmes underlines
the University of Exeter's commitment to delivering
high quality education in Cornwall and is a prime example
of how the money invested in CUC by Objective One and the
Government is providing real opportunities to study and prosper
In addition to the law degree, the University will offer
BA honours degrees in 'History and Law' and 'Politics
and Law in Cornwall' from 2007. Novel optional courses
are being drawn up that can be enjoyed by students based in
Exeter via video-link, or links can be made to Exeter courses.
Modules from the law degree will also be available as part
of an innovative Flexible Combined Honours scheme, which can
be studied either full or part-time and allows the student
to combine elements from several degree programmes to match
their subject interests and career objectives.
For more information please contact Sarah Hoyle at the University
of Exeter on 01392 262062 or email: S.Hoyle@exeter.ac.uk.
The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly has invested in the Combined Universities
in Cornwall (CUC) project, both Phase 1 and Phase 2 through
the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European
Social Fund (ESF). The University of Exeter is a partner in
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