New academic year sees new Dean of Faculty of Business, Law & Politics at University of Hull

Esteemed Barrister, Judge and Professor Stephen Hardy has been appointed as Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics at the University of Hull.

Hull University Business School
University of Hull’s Business School.

Professor Hardy, a respected figure in both higher education and the legal sector, began his career in academia in 1993, and has since risen through the ranks from PhD student to Dean.

He has now been announced as the University’s Dean of Faculty of Business, Law and Politics, and said he was looking forward to “engaging with the region” and “helping prepare the next generation of lawyers, politicians, entrepreneurs and public servants.”

Professor Hardy said: “Hull has always been a forward-thinking university, but I see a massive opportunity for the Faculty to increase its engagement with businesses, both regionally and nationally.

“We know that business, politics and law can all make a major contribution to our communities and enable social justice, which in turn helps businesses realise their own corporate social responsibility.

“When it comes to business, political and legal engagement, I am focused on synergies – not silos – and connecting them together is exactly what we will be doing.”

Professor Stephen Hardy
Professor Stephen Hardy, now Dean of the Faculty of Business, Law and Politics at the University of Hull.

Professor Hardy started out in academia as a PhD student.

Since then, he has risen through the roles of Research Associate, Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader, Professor, Deputy Head of Department, Head of Department and now as Dean.

Professor Hardy’s University career has seen him work at institutions in London, Staffordshire, Manchester, Coventry, including many overseas Universities, and now Hull.

Outside of Higher Education, Professor Hardy is a barrister by profession, specialising in employment, equality and trade union law. Most notably, he acted for 24,000 former shopworkers in the landmark Woolworths case which saw employees being compensated for their employer’s failure to consult. 

Since 2011, he has also sat as a part-time Judge.

“Hull is unique in so many ways,” Professor Hardy said.

“The city has so much to offer – both for students, its residents and the business community.

“As a Faculty, my focus now is to show businesses everything that the University of Hull can offer them.”

The Faculty of Business, Law and Politics offers a variety of courses to students.

From accounting and finance, economics and marketing, to politics, law and legislative studies, the Faculty delivers excellence in applied and policy-related research, as well as learning and teaching. 

Professor Hardy said the Faculty’s research power would “underpin and inform” all its learning and teaching, and added he was keen to hear from the region’s businesses on any new partnership and collaborative opportunities.

[Phil Winter – University of Hull]