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Kate Holtaway

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Professional biography

Kate joined the Open University in May 2022 as a lecturer in the Central Academic Team and is involved in various modules including Land Law, Trusts, Civil Justice and Tort. Kate completed her LLB (Hons) at Southampton University in 2000 and went on to qualify as a solicitor specialising in commercial property and business following completion of the Legal Practice Course at Guildford College of Law. Kate then pursued an academic career with the University of Exeter where she remained for twelve years. During this time Kate designed and delivered modules in Land Law, Trusts and Environmental Law, and fulfilled various roles including Director of Education for Law and Director of Law Programmes (Cornwall Campus). In 2014 Kate gained a Masters degree in Sustainable Development with a focus on learning for sustainability and environmental justice. Kate then joined Truro and Penwith College in January 2021 where she became a Deputy Team Leader for Higher Education responsible for employability across HE delivery. She also led the Foundation Degree in Law, teaching modules in criminology, youth justice, contract law and legal research. Kate also developed a 'top-up' LLB degree through the University of Plymouth designing level 6 modules in Access to Justice, Law for Business and Environmental Law. 

Kate is an Honorary Senior Lecturer at The University of Exeter in Environmental Law and an Associate Lecturer at the University of Plymouth. Kate has extensive experience in programme development, employability and interdisciplinary teaching, and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 

Research interests

Kate's research interests include education for sustainability and the role of universities in driving climate action. Kate's master's dissertation looked at the role of law in managing listed heritage features threatened by the impacts of rising sea levels. Kate is interested generally in the interaction of science, technology and law, and the role of science in establishing causation in litigation. 

Teaching interests

Kate has a wide range of teaching interests. Her main areas of interest are land law, trusts, environmental law, access to justice and legal skills. She has also taught modules in criminology, contract law, youth justice, legal research, family law, tort and sustainability.