Caroline Coles, Senior Lecturer and International Convenor

Phone Number: 0121 204 4232 
Email: coles
Room: SW 708

After studying at LSE, Caroline enjoyed 10 years in Marketing as a product manager for The Boots Company, leading a team that included the launch of Boots Opticians and expanding Boots Foods. Her involvement with copyright and trade marks in this work led her to train as a commercial solicitor in intellectual property, representing major international brands. Her desire to develop education and research in her subject, especially the interface with technology and culture took her into Higher Education with her work recognised in becoming a National Teacher Fellow of Advance He in 2017, publishing and presenting extensively over 15 years in teaching excellence. including a recent chapter on Silent Design with Dr D Heap.

Qualifications and Education

B.Sc ( Economics) London School of Economics and Political Science Graduate Diploma in Law Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice MA Education in Practice

  • The Boots Company, product manager
  • The Business Improvement Network, co-founder
  • Freeths Solicitors, trainee and associate solicitor
  • De Montfort University, Principal Lecturer
  • Aston University, Senior Teaching Fellow
Teaching Activity

Caroline focusses on student engagement in learning and teaching of IP and business law, often using creative and unconventional tools to transfer her passion for learning to her students. Expertise in use of technology to support inclusive learning across many HE levels and abilities with sensitivity to learning styles, that led to the design of a market leading post graduate professional courses, and recognition within the Athena Swan scheme. The value of a global perspective, developed through her career, is central to her teaching that has led to the design of influential programmes for international students

Research Interests
  • Engagement in teaching and learning, including presentations to an international audience on behalf of The European Patent Office 2008-2018, papers for The Higher Education Academy ( now Advance HE) and SEDA, leading to publication in JILT , a leading international journal in education
  • The development of Copyright and Artificial Intelligence, in particular in the gaming industry, with a leading role at an International Machinima Convention
  • The role of Copyright in the protection and Cultural Heritage
Members of Professional Bodies
  • The Law Society of Great Britain
  • The European Intellectual Property Teachers Network
  • Birmingham Law Society
  • Committee of National Teacher Fellows
  • Heap & Coles (2020) Silent Design, chapter in Value Construction in the Creative Economy, ed R.Granger, Palgrave. Coles (2016) Technology in professional education - an exploratory study.
  • Coles (2010) Student Engagement via e learning. Gateway Papers.
  • Coles (2009) The role of new technology in improving engagement in students in higher education. The European Journal of Law and Technology. Available online. (1)


 Conference Paper


  • Invited speaker annually over 10 years across various topics on pedagogic research at the European Intellectual Property Teachers Network sponsored by the European Intellectual Property Office. 
  • Invited speaker. The use of Wikis and online synchronous classrooms to promote deeper learning at the annual conference by The International Conference for Learning in the Workplace, Columbia University, New York 2011

Other Roles: 

  • Chair of Association of National Teacher Fellows
  • Chair of IP and Technology Group as part of European Intellectual Property Teachers Network
  • External Examiner
  • Visiting Fellow of Leeds Beckett University