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Gayatri joined Aston University as a Lecturer in Law in September 2014. She is the Programme Director for the Law and Law with Management programmes at Aston Law School. She currently teaches, and convenes, the modules of International Human Rights Law and Legal Skills and System on the undergraduate programme. 

Gayatri convenes a number of outreach projects, which include: the St Philips Chambers Conference; Access to Professions Conference; Aston Law School Masterclasses, as well as being involved in a number of student recruitment activities throughout the year.

Gayatri also sits on the University Disciplinary Panel and the Aston Business School, Ethics Committee. She also holds the position of an external examiner for LLB and LLM programmes at two universities.  

Prior to joining Aston University, she worked as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Leicester, where she taught Land Law on the LL.B programme for a number of years. During this time, she was also a research assistant for two editions of R. Sexton and B. Bogusz, Complete: Land Law, Cases and Materials (OUP, 2011 & 2013). Prior to this, Gayatri was a Teacher in Law at an Independent Sixth Form Grammar School.


  • Lecturer in Law, Aston Business School, Aston University (September 2014 - present)
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Leicester (October 2010- June 2014)
    • Land Law 
    • LL.M Human Rights (Postgraduate Taught)
  • Teacher in Law, Independent Sixth Form Grammar School (August 2009 – October 2010)
    (i)GCSE Law, (ii) Advanced Subsidiary Level Law, (iii) Advanced Level Law and (iv) EFL Summer School

Teaching Activity

Teaching Awards: 

  • Aston Academic Awards 2015
    Nominated for: Most Influential Academic; Most Supportive Academic; Most Engaging Academic Awarded for: Most Influential Academic
  • Aston Academic Awards 2016
    Nominated for: Best Personal Tutor; Most Supportive Academic; Most Motivational Academic. Awarded for: Best Personal Tutor; Most Supportive Academic; 50th Aston Anniversary Award for enhancing student experience.

Research Interests

Gayatri's primary research interests lie in the areas of implementation and monitoring of international human rights at the United Nations, with a focus on: women's rights, children's rights and LGBTI rights. Currently, her research focuses on examining the workings of the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review process. 

Gayatri welcomes PhD proposals in her areas of research.

Membership of Professional Bodies

  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2016 - Present) 
  • Member, Society of Legal Scholars. (2014 - Present) 
  • Member, Society of Socio-Legal Studies Association. (2014 - Present) 
  • Member, Sustainability in Higher Education Developers. (2014 - Present) 
  • Member, The Association of Law Teachers. (2014 – Present)

Contact Details

Phone: +44(0)121 204 3633

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UNO Social Sciences
human rights Social Sciences
women's rights Social Sciences
Women's Rights Medicine & Life Sciences
examination Social Sciences
United Nations Medicine & Life Sciences
monitoring Social Sciences
Smoke Medicine & Life Sciences

Research Output 2016 2019

Demystifying the Assessment Criteria

Patel, G., 31 Oct 2019, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education : Perspectives from a Business School. Daniels, K., Elliott, C., Finley, S. & Chapman, C. (eds.). Edward Elgar

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

Trumping Truancy: Maintaining Student Attendance and Engagement throughout the Year

Patel, G., 6 Sep 2019.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Trumping Truancy: Maintaining Student Engagement and Assessment throughout the Year

Patel, G., 31 Oct 2019, Learning and Teaching in Higher Education: Perspectives from a Business School. Edward Elgar

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

human rights

Activities 2014 2019

  • 5 Oral presentation
  • 3 Invited talk
  • 1 Publication peer-review

Emerald (Publisher)

Gayatri Patel (Editorial board member)
12 Dec 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review

LGBT Rights at the Universal Periodic Review Process

Gayatri Patel (Speaker)
15 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

‘Widening Participation in Higher Education: Approaches and Practices’ (2019)

Gayatri Patel (Speaker)
25 Oct 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation