UCL Faculty of Laws


Professor Steven Vaughan appointed as new Vice-Dean (Staffing) of UCL Laws

13 February 2020

Professor Vaughan will begin his appointment at the start of 2021.

Steven Vaughan, UCL Faculty of Laws Senior Lecturer

Professor Steven Vaughan, Professor of Law and Professional Ethics at UCL Laws, has been appointed Vice-Dean (Staffing).

Professor Vaughan will take up his appointment at the start of 2021, where he will be taking over from Professor Alison Diduck. Professor Diduck will continue in the role until Christmas.

As part of the Dean’s Team, the Vice-Dean (Staffing) has a leadership and managerial role within the Faculty, liaising upwards with the Dean of the Faculty and downwards with the Faculty staff. The role includes formulating the Faculty recruitment strategy; organising the induction programme for new academic staff; and maintaining oversight of workplace relations in collaboration with the Dean, Faculty Manager and Faculty HR Officer.

Professor Vaughan’s research spans various fields: environmental law; lawyers' ethics and regulation; legal education; diversity; and corporate governance. In each, he is interested in regulatory complexity and the often mismatch between 'law in books' and 'law in action'.

Professor Vaughan is co-Director (with Professor Maria Lee) of the Centre for Law and the Environment, co-Director (with Dr Simon Lock) of qUCL (UCL's queer research network), and created and co-leads the Faculty of Laws Staff-Student LGBT+ Network, OutLaws.

Commenting on his appointment, Professor Vaughan said:

 “I’m delighted to be taking up this role and looking forward to working more closely with the Dean and the Dean’s Team, though it will of course be very hard to fill Alison’s shoes!”

Professor Piet Eeckhout, Dean of UCL Laws:

“Although Professor Vaughan joined the Faculty relatively recently, he has already made a huge mark in the years he has been with us. He has great ideas for the Faculty’s further development, and I am certain he will bring tremendous commitment and enthusiasm to the role.” 

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