Carol Withey

Carol Withey BSc, LLB, PGDip, FHEA

Principal Lecturer in Law

Carol joined the University of Greenwich in 2006 and is currently Principal Lecturer in Criminal Law. In 2011 Carol was promoted to University Teaching Fellow in recognition of excellence in teaching.

Carol qualified as a barrister in 1999 (Inns of Court School of Law), read Law at London University (external degree) and Sociology and Politics at Bristol University.

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 was awarded Fellowship status from the Higher Education Academy in 2005.

Responsibilities within the university

  • University Teaching Fellow
  • Chair of Law Programme Committee Meetings
  • Module Leader for Criminal Law (Year 2)
  • Module Leader for Advanced Criminal Law (Year 3 option)
  • 'Welcome Week' Induction Coordinator for all new Law Students
  • Year Tutor for Level 4 LLB students
  • Coordinator of the Crown Prosecution Service Mentor Scheme
  • Coordinator of the Street Law Project: Criminal Law Sessions to Schools
  • Coordinator of the Mock Trial Immersive Experience


  • Transforming Law – Levelling Up: Recruitment and Progression in Law Firms: Government Initiative – UoG representative in panel discussions (2021)
  • Member of the Higher Education Academy (2005)
  • Member of UCL Centre for Criminal Law
  • Member of Inner Temple

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: feedback engagement, knowledge emphasis in teaching, accent bias.

Recent publications

  • 'No body no murder? - grisly tales from bygone ages' (2014) Sui Generis, UOG, pp 39-48
  • 'Feedback engagement: forcing feed-forward amongst law students' (2013) The Law Teacher, 47(3) 319-344
  • 'Loss of control: loss of opportunity (2011) The Criminal Law Review, Sweet and Maxwell, 4, 263-279
  • 'Rape and sexual assault education: where is the law?' (2010)The New Criminal Law Review, University of California Press, 13 (4) 802-825
  • 'Criminal Law' (2010) (book) ITC Publishing, ISBN: 978-1-84256-423-3
  • 'Loss of Control' (2010) Criminal Law and Justice Weekly, 174 (14) 197-199
  • 'The Fraud Act – some early observations and comparisons with the former law' (2007), The Journal of Criminal Law, Vathek Publishing, 71(3) 220-237
  • 'Female rape, an ongoing concern: strategies for improving reporting and conviction levels'(2007), The Journal of Criminal Law, Vathek Publishing, 71(1) 54-87
  • 'Reform of Homicide part 2 (2007) The Legal Executive, 12-13
  • 'Reform of Homicide part 1(2007) The Legal Executive, 18-20
  • 'Clarity at Last: The Fraud Act 2006' (2007)The Legal Executive, 14-17
  • 'Provocation ping pong and the rules of precedent' (2006) The New Law Journal - Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 156 (7213) 299
  • 'Provocation ping pong: who is this reasonable man?' (2006) The New Law Journal, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 156 (7212) 258
  • 'Biological GBH: overruling Clarence?' (2003), The New Law Journal, Lexis Nexis Butterworths, 153 (7104) 1698


  • 2021 – ‘Stop staring at the grade!- Improving student engagement with feedback’- Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference – Aston University.
  • 2014 - 'No Body no Murder', BBP Law School - Guest Lecture
  • 2013 - Domestic Violence – panel discussion, with Jeremy Horder and Susan Edwards,  BBP Law School
  • 2012 - London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime expert panel on rape statistics
  • 2012 - 'Tutor Feedback', Association of Law Teachers Annual Conference, University of Oxford
  • 2011 – 'Explaining tutor feedback: helping students to understand and learn from our comments', Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, University of Cambridge
  • 2011 – 'Engaging students through electronic voting', Learning in Law Annual Conference, University of Warwick
  • 2010 – 'Mobile phones or clickers? The effectiveness of using electronic voting systems in teaching', ESTICT conference, University of Edinburgh
  • 2010 – 'The effectiveness of Rape Law Education on Changing Attitudes to Sexual Behaviour', Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of West of England
  • 2009 – 'Effective strategies for teaching and learning law: an analysis of student experience and perception', Society of Legal Scholars Centenary Conference, University of Keele
  • 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 Centenary Conference, University of Keele
  • 2008 – 'The School Project: Assessing and challenging the perceptions of rape held by secondary school children', Rape and Criminal Justice: Challenging Myths and Supporting Victims Conference, University of West of England
  • 2007 – 'Improving Rape Convictions', Socio-Legal Studies Association Annual Conference, University of Kent


  • Carol is the creator of a number of Lego films depicting criminal law cases which have had 30,000 plus YouTube global hits