Education and Training


Teaching and professional training

Teaching and professional training are important aspects of my role as Associate Professor at Bournemouth University. In 2007, I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

I am passionate about the importance of the good teaching of company law, as a subject which is vital to legal professional practice, business and the economy. In my paper “Company Law and Cod-Liver Oil” (2005) I put it in these terms:

Company law has been described as “unteachable”. Often, the teaching and learning experience might well have been compared with cod-liver oil: a little is good for you but you are not expected to like it. Given widespread concerns as to the importance of the role of company law in areas such as directors’ remuneration, this is disappointing. Traditional legal “doctrinal” scholarship does not present any adequate means of evaluating such issues. This paper describes how the integration of necessary theoretical tools, such as the use of historical, comparative, economic and ethical perspectives, can enhance and empower the student learning experience.”

In addition to integrating these different perspectives on company law, I also use innovative teaching techniques to encourage active learning and engagement. I was first involved in using playlets for training purposes for partners and senior managers at a large international accounting firm in the 1980’s and have developed my own for use on undergraduate and legal professional post-graduate courses.

The early adoption of new technologies has been an important part of my teaching and training activities. I experimented with the use of computer graphics for continuing professional development courses in a major regional firm of solicitors in the early 1990’s; in 2001, I delivered a paper on Globalisation, Corporate Governance and the Public Interest by inter-active video-link at the Administration Day conference (Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland). I use social media to further engage with potential audiences.

educ and training

Speaking to Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, from Bournemouth University

Research supervision

I have successfully supervised PhD’s to completion on “Reforming the Chinese Corporate Governance System: A Comparative Law and Economic Analysis”  (2006/7) and “Reforming Corporate Fraud Regulation in the UK: A Model of Manifest Liability (2015/6) and welcome enquiries for doctoral research on the research themes on this web-site.

Reports and submissions to government and other bodies

Copp, S.F. (2001) Response to the DfEE Consultation School Governing Bodies

 

Books, book contributions and conference proceedings

Copp, S.F. (2005) Company law and cod-liver oil in Newland, B. et al (ed.) Enhancing Graduate Employability: The roles of learning, teaching, research and knowledge transfer, 10th May 2005, pp. 32 – 38 (Poole: Learning Design Studio, Bournemouth University)

Articles and published letters

Copp, S.F. & R. Teather (2003) Academics willing and able to speak up letter Financial Times, 13th February

Copp, S.F. (2002) Who Needs Universities? 25 Society of Legal Scholars Reporter 29 – 33 [ISSN 0967 2184]

Copp, S.F. (2002) Why I … believe academics should serve as non-executive directors of companies Times Higher Education Supplement August 2nd, p. 12

Maughan, C.W. & S.F. Copp (1999) The Barbarians at the Gate 19 SPTL Reporter 17 – 19 [ISSN 0967 2184]

McGuinness, K., W. Rees & S.F. Copp ((1998)) Recent Perspectives on Corporate Law 19 The Company Lawyer 290 – 296 [ISSN 0144-1027]

Book reviews

Copp, S.F. (2007) Catholic Social Teaching and the Market Economy ed. Booth, P. 11(1) Faith in Business Quarterly 16 – 18

Academic conference, professional education and workshop papers

Copp, S.F. (2005) Company Law and Cod-liver Oil delivered at the Enhancing Graduate Employability: The Roles of Learning and Teaching, Research and Knowledge Transfer conference, Bournemouth University (Bournemouth)

Copp, S.F. (2001) Spinning Off A University Company, delivered at the RAGNET Intellectual Property Rights Expert Seminar (Bournemouth University)

Copp, S.F. (2001) How To Run A Conference, delivered (by invitation) to the Centre for Organisational Effectiveness, the Business School, Bournemouth University)

Copp, S.F. (2000) Corporate Governance: Why Both Theory and Practice Matter, delivered at the Annual Dinner of the AGM of the Wessex Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (Lyndhurst)

Copp, S.F. (2000) How to Organise a Conference, delivered at a staff seminar, School of Finance and Law, Bournemouth University (Bournemouth)

Copp, S.F. (2000) Corporate Governance Research, The Future delivered at the launch of the European Centre for Corporate Governance, Bournemouth University (Bournemouth) Slides

CPD and training courses

Copp, S.F. (2009) Corporate Governance After the Crash delivered at A Taste of Tomorrow, one of the launch events for Bournemouth University’s Executive Business Centre (Bournemouth University)

Copp, S.F. (2009) Company Law Reform – The Last Chapter? delivered to the Company Secretaries Group (Paris, Smith & Randall, Southampton)

Copp, S.F. (2007) The Companies Act 2006 – Still an Untamed Monster? delivered to the Company Secretaries Group (Bournemouth University)

Copp, S.F. (2006) The Company Law Reform Bill – an Untamed “Monster”? delivered to the Company Secretaries Group (Board Room, Southampton Football Club, St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton)

Copp, S.F. (2004) Governance in Partnerships Centre for Organisational Effectiveness seminar (Bournemouth University)

Copp, S.F. (2004) Corporate Governance and Enterprise delivered to a workshop of Devon Volunteer Business Mentors (Plymouth)

Copp, S.F. ( 2004) Corporate Governance in the UK delivered at the CLT Corporate Governance Update Conference (Cafe Royal, London)

Copp, S.F. (2004) Corporate Governance and the European Union delivered at the CLT Corporate Governance Update Practitioner Conference (Cafe Royal, London)

Copp, S.F. (2004) Governance in Listed Companies: The Implications for NHS Foundation Trusts delivered as a half-day seminar in the form of a facilitated discussion for the Board of Directors of Bournemouth & Christchurch NHS Trust (Bournemouth)

Copp, S.F. (2004) Corporate Governance: The New Regime for UK Listed Companies delivered at a continuing professional development seminar at the launch of the Bournemouth Law School (Bournemouth University)

Copp, S.F. (2004) Corporate Governance delivered at the CLT Company Law Conference on Company Law for In-house Lawyers (Charing Cross Thistle, London)

Copp, S.F. ( 2003) Corporate Governance training session for the Board of Magna Housing Group Ltd (Dorchester)

Copp, S.F. (2002) The Impact of the Companies Bill and Enterprise Act on Legal Practice staff development seminar (Bournemouth University)

Copp, S.F. (2002) Director/ Shareholder Relations at the CLT Conference on Shares and Shareholders (Posthouse Kensington, London)

Copp, S.F. (2002) Directors’ Duties delivered at the CLT Company Law Conference on Directors’ Duties and Liabilities (Mayfair Conference Centre, London)

Copp, S.F. (2002) Directors in the Family Company delivered at the CLT Company Law Conference on Directors’ Duties and Liabilities (Mayfair Conference Centre, London)

Copp, S.F. (2002) Director/ Shareholder Relations delivered at the CLT Company Law Conference on Company Law for In-house Lawyers (Cafe Royal, London)

Copp, S.F. (2002) Corporate Governance delivered at the CLT Company Law Conference on Company Law for In-house Lawyers (Cafe Royal, London)

Copp, S.F. (2001) Globalisation, Corporate Governance and the Public Interest delivered by inter-active video-link at the Administration Day conference (Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland)

Copp, S.F. (1990) Trusteeship – the Legal Aspects delivered at the Pension Fund Trustee conference, organised by R Watson & Sons, Consulting Actuaries (Cheltenham)

Copp, S.F. (1990) Advising on Dividend Policy in the Light of the Glossop and Sam Weller cases at a number of seminars individually organised by Veale Wasbrough, solicitors, for leading firms of chartered accountants (Bristol)

Copp, S.F. (1990) Acquiring/ Disposing of Shares With Special Reference to Articles of Association and Shareholder Agreements at a public seminar on Directors and Senior Employees organised by Veale Wasbrough Training (Bristol)

Copp, S.F. (1990) Acquiring/ Disposing of Shares With Special Reference to Articles of Association and Shareholder Agreements at a public seminar on Directors and Senior Employees organised by Veale Wasbrough Training (Bristol)

Copp, S.F. (1989) VAT Implications of Joint Ventures delivered at a meeting of the Severn VAT Practitioners Group (Severn area)