Stephanie has a BA (Open) in science, maths, economics and statistics, and a First Class Honours LLB and PhD from the University of Hertfordshire.
She worked in the Academic Team at ILEX Tutorial College (now CILEx Law School) for six years before becoming a freelance academic author, tutor and editor.
Stephanie was an Associate Lecturer with The Open University from 2008–2013, teaching students on two introductory law modules. She joined the Law School as a full-time Lecturer in November 2013, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 2018. Stephanie achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy in August 2014, and Senior Fellowship in June 2017.
Stephanie has a range of research interests, reflecting her strong belief in justice in all areas of life.
She has published papers on topics including neuroimaging and decision-making for people with prolonged disorders of consciousness, the classification of delegated legislation and its relevance to Brexit, and the treatment of litigants in person in the civil court system.
Stephanie's article in Child and Family Law Quarterly on the content of civil marriage ceremonies in England, which she co-wrote with Professor Rebecca Probert, discusses the results of the first investigation into the vows and rituals that couples request, and registrars permit, in civil ceremonies.
Stephanie's main teaching interest is in making the law accessible to as many people as possible. She is the longest-serving member of the Module Team for W101 An Introduction to Law.
She wrote the 12 Introductory Steps to Law, a set of online materials designed for students who begin their law studies at Level 2. The Steps provide the essential legal knowledge from the OU's Level 1 law modules. The first Step is publicly available, free of charge, on OpenLearn. Stephanie's article about the Steps, and the benefits of providing students with information in small chunks, was published in The Law Teacher in 2018.
Stephanie supervises a PhD student who is researching the Court of Protection's role in end-of-life decision-making for people with prolonged disorders of consciousness.
Stephanie contributed two Open Justice blog posts about her experience as a self-represented litigant, with the aim of increasing awareness of the stress that involvement in the civil court system can cause.
Stephanie collaborates with Professor Rebecca Probert from the University of Exeter, who is the leading authority on marriage law in England and Wales, on aspects of the law governing marriage.