Carol Withey BSc, LLB, PGDip, SFHEA

Associate Professor in Law

Carol joined the university in 2006 and is an Associate Professor in Law. Carol is Associate Head of Student Success for the School of Law and Criminology. In this role Carol oversees strategy in several areas, including student attendance and retention, personal tutoring, assessment and feedback, employability and mentoring, and student surveys. Carol was promoted to University Teaching Fellow in 2011 in recognition of excellence in teaching and learning, and was awarded Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in 2023. Carol is module leader for Criminal Law and Advanced Criminal Law.

Before joining the University of Greenwich, Carol taught Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence on the London University External LLB Programme. Carol has also lectured in Criminal Law at Kent Law School and CILEX Law School. Carol qualified as a barrister in 1999; gaining her Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Legal Skills at the Inns of Court School of Law, City University. Carol read Law at London University (external degree part-time degree) and Sociology at Bristol University. Prior to embarking on her legal and academic career, Carol had ten years of invaluable experience in retail business management and marketing.


Responsibilities within the university

  • Associate Head of Student Success: Law and Criminology
  • Module Leader for Criminal Law (Year 2)
  • Module Leader for Advanced Criminal Law (Year 3 option)


  • Barrister of Inner Temple (non-practising)
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Transforming Law: Levelling Up: Recruitment and Progression in Law Firms: Government Initiative - UoG representative in panel discussions; 2021
  • Created and coordinate Law Mentor Platform
  • Created ‘Lego Law’ YouTube channel: a series of films depicting criminal law cases using Lego characters
  • Coordinator of Greenwich Law: Empowering Minds, street law project with local school and colleges
  • The London Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime: advisee on rape statistics; 2012
  • Recognised by the university of Greenwich on International Women’s Day 2022 for services to the community raising awareness of sexual offending law and rape myths
  • Oxford University Press: Law Tutor of the Year runner up; 2005

Research / Scholarly interests

  • Criminal Law: sexual offending where the socio-legal approach adopted has focused on practical ways to dispel rape myths; defences to murder, corporate manslaughter, fraud.
  • Pedagogical interests: assessment and feedback, constructive alignment, employability, mentoring, skills development.

Recent publications

  • Withey, C. (2016) ‘Using animations with students’ in Ashford, C. and Guth, (ed.) The Legal Academic’s Handbook’. London: Red Globe Press, 142.
  • Withey, C. (2014)'No body no murder? - grisly tales from bygone ages', Sui Generis, University of Greenwich, pp 39-48.
  • Withey, C. (2013) ‘Feedback engagement: forcing feed-forward amongst law students’, The Law Teacher , 47(3), pp. 319-344. ISSN 0306-9400 (Print), 1943-0353 (Online) (doi:
  • Withey, C. (2011) ‘Loss of control: loss of opportunity?’ Criminal Law Review, 2011 (4). pp. 263-279. ISSN 0011-135x
  • Withey, C. (2010) ‘Rape and sexual assault education: where is the law?’,  New Criminal Law Review, 13 (4). pp. 802-825. ISSN 1933-4192 (Print), 1933-4206 (Online)doi:
  • Withey, C (2010) ‘Loss of control’,  Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 174 (14). pp. 197-199. ISSN 1759-7943.
  • Withey, C. (2007) ‘Female rape: an ongoing concern: strategies for improving reporting and conviction levels’, Journal of Criminal Law, 71 (1). pp. 54-87. ISSN 0022-0183.
  • Withey, C.(2007) ‘The Fraud Act 2006: some early observations and comparisons with the former law’, Journal of Criminal Law, 71 (3). pp. 220-237. ISSN 0022-0183.


    • Withey, C. (2023) ‘Two Strategies for Implementing Outcome-Based Learning and Education,’ Changing Dimensions of Law Teaching and Research. Times Bennett University, Greater Noida, India. 1 June 2023.
    • Withey, C. (2023) ‘Online mentoring programmes: addressing the graduate skills gap and the lack of diversity in legal recruitment’,  Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference. Westminster University, 17 April 2023.
    • Withey, C. (2022) ‘Rape and sexual assault’, It’s not ok: sexual violence awareness conference. University of Greenwich, 11 February 2022.
    • Withey, C. (2021) ‘Sexual Offending: the Law’, 16 Days of Activism. University of Greenwich, 10 December Online (Unpublished).
    • Withey, C. (2021) ‘Effective Assessment and Feedback for Law’, Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Aston University, April 16 2021.
    • Withey, C.  (2021) ‘Assessment and Feedback Guides for Students’, FLAS ‘Lunch and Learn Seminar’, 6 October 2021.
    • Withey, C. (2015) ‘Forcing Feed-forward: Strategies to improve student engagement with feedback’, Shift: University of Greenwich Annual Teaching and learning Conference,  University of Greenwich, January 9th, 2015 (unpublished).
    • Withey, C. (2012) ‘Report on student feedback research’, Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, Oxford University, April 2012.
    • Withey, C. (2011) ‘Explaining tutor feedback: helping students to understand and learn from our comments’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Cambridge University, September 2011.
    • Withey, C. (2010) ‘Engaging students through electronic voting - clickers and mobile phone systems: PollEverywhere’, ESTICT @ Edinburgh: Engaging students through in-class technology, University of Edinburgh, 29 Apr 2010.
    • Withey, C. (2010) ‘The effectiveness of rape interventions’, Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA) Annual Conference, Bristol Law School, University of West of England, UK, March 2010,  (Unpublished).
    • Withey, C. (2009) ‘The fine line between spoon feeding and educational support – adapting to the needs of law students challenged by independent academic study’, University of Greenwich Annual Teaching and learning Conference , (unpublised) January 2009.
    • Withey, C. (2009) ‘The fine line between spoon feeding and educational support – adapting to the needs of students challenged by the study of Criminal Law and the Law of Evidence’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Keele, Newcastle-under-Lyme, UK. (Unpublished) 7-8 Sep 2009.
    • Withey, C. (2009) ‘Effective strategies for teaching and learning law: an analysis of student experience and perception’, Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Keele, UK. (Unpublished), 7th - 10th September 2009.
    • Withey, C. (2008) ‘The School Project - assessing and challenging the perceptions of rape held by secondary school pupils’, Rape and Criminal Justice: Challenging Myths and Supporting Victims Conference, University of West of England, 9 September 2008.
    • Withey, C. (2007) ‘Improving rape convictions, Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Kent, Canterbury, 3 - 5 April 2007.