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School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

The School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law provides excellence in teaching and research in a diverse range of areas including criminology, education, law, policing and investigation, psychology, social work and sociology.

About us


We have a long-established record of delivering high-quality learning and teaching, research, consultancy and enterprise activity across the social sciences, humanities and law. Our teaching staff combine academic excellence, innovation, world-class research and professional practitioner experience. Our academic programmes deliver a clear pathway between the social sciences and the public professions across all portfolios. Our graduates are the next generation of frontline workers. Through our teaching, enterprise and research, we are developing innovations that improve local services and enhance lives. We are researching for the real world through funded and partnership work that improves society.

Professor Natasha Vall
Dean, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law

Law school



Education & Youth

Undergraduate Postgraduate


English & Creative Writing

Undergraduate Postgraduate

Policing & Investigation

Policing & Investigation

Undergraduate Postgraduate

School services

Teesside University Law School

At Teesside University Law School we have over 30 years' experience of delivering high-quality education in the field of law and criminal justice.

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Teesside Law Clinic

Offering free legal advice, guidance and representation to the public. Our law students provide this service as part of their Law LLB (Hons) degree.

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Initial Teacher Training

Providing the Tees Valley with informed and resilient trainees, equipped with the knowledge and skills to forge successful teaching careers within the early career framework.

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School management team

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Natasha Vall

Professor Natasha Vall


Professor Natasha Vall was appointed Lecturer in History in 2006, conferred as Reader in 2011 and as Professor of urban and cultural history in 2016. Prior to her appointment at Teesside University she was post-doctoral research fellow in the AHRC Centre for North East England History.

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Jonathon Reay

Dr Jonathon Reay

Associate Dean (International)

Dr Jonathon Reay joined Teesside University as a Principal Lecturer and Subject Group Leader for Psychology and is currently the Associate Dean (International).

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Helen Dudiak

Dr Helen Dudiak

Associate Dean (Enterprise & Knowledge Exchange)

Dr Helen Dudiak completed her Phd within the Psychology department at the University of Central Lancashire investigating the developmental relationship between memory and vocabulary in primary school children.

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Matt Watson

Dr Matt Watson

Acting Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching)

Matthew joined Teesside University in 2018 as Head of Department for Psychology. He is a cognitive psychologist with a background researching spatial and linguistic representations in dialogue.

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Sharon Dobson Waters

Dr Sharon Dobson Waters

Head of Department (Education and Social Work)

Dr Sharon Dobson Waters is the Head of Department for Education and Social Work (incorporating the English Language Centre) in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law.

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Victoria Bell

Dr Victoria Bell

Head of Department (Humanities & Social Sciences)

Victoria's academic background is in rural issues, with her PhD focusing on experiences of living, working and visiting Hadrian's Wall World Heritage Site. Her research interests are varied, including qualitative and visual research methods, volunteering, the sociology of tourism, heritage, and space and place.

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Angela King

Angela King

Head of Department (Law, Policing & Investigation)

Angela has been lecturing in law at Teesside since 2003. Her research interests have been influenced by teaching criminal evidence and human rights, developing a particular passion for the right to a fair trial and the exercise of police powers.

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James Walker

James Walker

School Registrar

James Walker was appointed in November 2019 and is responsible for supporting the Dean in the management of academic and student activities throughout the student journey, and supporting the academic quality assurance of the student learning experience.

Emma Chapman

Emma Chapman

School Manager

Emma was appointed in October 2022 and is responsible for supporting the Dean in the leadership and management of the School with particular emphasis on strategy, resource management and performance.


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    School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law
    Clarendon Building
    Teesside University
    Tees Valley
    TS1 3BX

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