Alice Belcher

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Professor of Law
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Bio

Biography

On leaving school Alice Belcher qualified as a chartered accountant with the firm of Peat, Marwick Mitchell & Co (later KPMG). She then took a first degree in Law and Economics at the University of Keele and an MPhil in Economics at the University of Cambridge before being appointed to her first academic post as lecturer in Accountancy in the Department of Economics and Management Science at the University of Keele. She studied part-time for a PhD awarded by the University of Manchester in 1994. In 1993 she transferred to Keele's Department of Law.

She was appointed as a senior lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee in 1996 and received a Personal Chair in Law in 2000. She was Head of The Department of Law from August 2003 to January 2005. From 2006 to 2014 she was a non-executive director of NHS Education for Scotland (ministerial appointment) where she chaired the audit committee. This role gave her an insight into the regulation and education of NHS workers professionals, especially those working in Scotland. She is Programme Director of the LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics (Disctance Learning). She has acted as an assesor of research proposals for the National Institute of Health Research serving from 2009 to 2010 on the SDO (Service Delivery and Organisation) studies Panel; and from Jan 2012-June2014 as a member of the HS&DR (Health Services and Delivery Research Programme Commissioning Board. She was on the board and audit committee of Cairn Housing Association: A Registered Social Landlord in Scotland based in Edinburgh for 2 years to 2015.

She is currently a non-executive director of an apprentice-training social enterprise company based in her home city of Stoke on Trent.

Teaching

Undergraduate:  Employment Law, Coporate Governance
 
Postgraduate:- Corporate Governance
 
Programme Director LLM Healthcare Law and Ethics masters programme (distance learning).
 
Postgraduate supervision offered in the fields of corporate insolvency, company law, corporate governance, and some aspects of employment law for instance discrimination.

Research

Latest book Directors' Decisions and the Law: Promoting Success, Routledge, 2014
 
Professor Belcher's main research interests are in the areas of company law, corporate governance, insolvency law and sex discrimination law. Her work takes advantage of her multidisciplinary background, for instance a recent article on audit quality and the market for audits employs ideas drawn from economics and accountancy as well as law.
 
She has held ESRC grants in 1989-1992 and 1996 and a Leverhulme research fellowship in 1996-7. She was a member of the Dundee University Research Committee from 2002-2005. She held an AHRC research leave award in 2006 studying "Behavioural aspects of the development of corporate norms, laws and governance codes their content and compliance procedures". In 2007-09 she led an AHRC funded Research Network for Research on Institutional Governance.

Publications

Belcher, A 2016,

'Tarunabh Khaitan, A THEORY OF DISCRIMINATION LAW' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 20, no. 2, pp. 254-255. DOI:
10.3366/elr.2016.0357

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, C 2015,

'Ruth Dukes, THE LABOUR CONSTITUTION Oxford: Oxford University Press (www.oup.com), 2014.' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 19, no. 3, pp. 432-434. DOI:
10.3366/elr.2015.0310

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2015,

Re-establishing the link between direction and employment in defining organisations. in Marco Biagi Foundation’s book series . Giappichelli Editore, Turin, 12th International Conference in Commemoration of Prof. Marco Biagi - “Labour and Social Rights: An Evolving Scenario”, Modena, Italy, 18-19 March.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Belcher, A 2014,

Directors' decisions and the law: promoting success. Routledge Research in Corporate law, Routledge, Abingdon and New York.

Research output: Book Anthology



Belcher, A 2013,

'Metaphysical spookiness?: the collective responsibility of company directors' Griffith Law Review, vol 21, no. 3, pp. 609-636.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2012,

'What Makes a Director Fit?: An analysis of the workings of section 17 of the Company Dorectors Disqualification Act 1986' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 16, no. 3, pp. 386-409. DOI:
10.3366/elr.2012.0121

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2011,

The 'gendered company' revisited. in Gender, sexualities and law. Routledge, pp. 65-78.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Belcher, A 2009,

Corporate risk management and legal strategy. in A Masson & MJ Shariff (eds), Legal strategies: how corporations use law to improve performance. Springer , pp. 247-265. DOI:
10.1007/978-3-642-02135-0_11

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Belcher, A 2009,

'Governance reform pressures and processes in the NHS in Scotland' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 60, no. 1, pp. 105-116.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2008,

'‘Something distinctly not of this character’: how Knightian uncertainty is relevant to corporate governance' Legal Studies: the Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars, vol 28, no. 1, pp. 46-67. DOI:
10.1111/j.1748-121X.2007.00072.x

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2007,

'Boundaries, corporate decision-making and responsibility' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 58, no. 2, pp. 211-228.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2007,

'Trust in the boardroom' Griffith Law Review, vol 16, no. 1, pp. 151-171.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2006,

'Audit quality and the market for audits: an analysis of recent UK regulatory policies' Bond Law Review, vol 18, no. 1, pp. Article 2.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2006,

'Imagining how a company thinks: what is corporate culture?' Deakin Law Review, vol 11, no. 2, pp. 1-21.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A & Naruisch, T 2005,

'The evolution of business knowledge in the context of unitary and two tier board structures' Journal of Business Law, no. July, pp. 443-472.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2005,

'Board diversity: can sex discrimination law help?' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 56, no. 3, pp. 356-372.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2003,

'Inside the black box: corporate laws and theories' Social & Legal Studies, vol 12, no. 3, pp. 359-376. DOI:
10.1177/09646639030123004

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2003,

'The unitary board: fact or fiction?' Corporate Ownership & Control, vol 1, no. 1, pp. 147-158.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2003,

'Employers' liabilities for work-related stress' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 54, no. 3, pp. 289-310.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Brand, D & Belcher, A 2002,

'Sharp v. Thomson: the SLC discussion paper' Insolvency Lawyer, vol 3, pp. 83-89.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2002,

'Corporate killing as a corporate governance issue' Corporate Governance: an International Review, vol 10, no. 1, pp. 47-54. DOI:
10.1111/1467-8683.00266

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A & Ross, A 2001,

'The case for job-sharing elected representatives' Edinburgh Law Review, vol 5, no. 3, pp. 380-393. DOI:
10.3366/elr.2001.5.3.380

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2001,

'Competition in professions - intervention by the OFT' Professional Negligence, vol 17, no. 4, pp. 243-249.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2000,

Board responsibilities in the voluntary sector: the case of housing associations. in A Dunn (ed.), The voluntary sector, the state and the law. Hart Publishing, pp. 59-73.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Belcher, A 2000,

'The not-mother puzzle' Social & Legal Studies, vol 9, no. 4, pp. 539-556. DOI:
10.1177/096466390000900404

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 2000,

'A feminist perspective on contract theories from law and economics' Feminist Legal Studies, vol 8, no. 1, pp. 29-46. DOI:
10.1023/A:1009259224436

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 1999,

Equal opportunities, staff development and assertiveness. in A Morris & T O'Donnell (eds), Feminist perspectives on employment law. Cavendish Publishing, pp. 43-60.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Jackson, V & Belcher, A 1998,

'Housing association governance in Scotland and England' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 2, pp. 104-118.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 1997,

'The boundaries of the firm: the theories of Coase, Knight and Weitzman' Legal Studies: the Journal of the Society of Legal Scholars, vol 17, no. 1, pp. 22-39. DOI:
10.1111/j.1748-121X.1997.tb00658.x

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A & Beglan, W 1997,

'Jumping the queue' Journal of Business Law, pp. 1-22.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 1997,

Corporate rescue : a conceptual approach to insolvency law. Sweet & Maxwell, London.

Research output: Book Anthology



Belcher, A & Wheeler, S 1997,

'A story of Edwardian shopkeepers: Beatrix Potter's Ginger and Pickles' Griffith Law Review, vol 6, pp. 181-210.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Barker, CR, Belcher, A & Cross, SR 1997,

'Scottish charities and governance' Juridical Review: the Law Journal of the Scottish Universities, no. 3, pp. 176-189.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 1997,

'Gendered company: views of corporate governance at the Institute of Directors' Feminist Legal Studies, vol 5, no. 1, pp. 176-189. DOI:
10.1007/BF02684856

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 1996,

'Compliance with the Cadbury Code and the reporting of corporate governance' Company Lawyer, vol 17, no. 1, pp. 11-17.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A, Hassard, J & Procter, SJ (eds) 1996,

R&D decisions : strategy, policy and disclosure. Routledge.

Research output: Book Anthology



Belcher, A 1996,

R&D disclosure: theory and practice. in R&D decisions : strategy, policy and disclosure. Routledge, pp. 203-223.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Belcher, A 1996,

The decision to disclose R&D expenditure. in R&D decisions : strategy, policy and disclosure. Routledge, pp. 241-258.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Belcher, A 1996,

'The invention, innovation and diffusion of self-regulation in corporate governance' Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, vol 47, no. 3, pp. 322-334.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 1996,

'The Cadbury Code "compliance report"' Journal of Financial Regulation and Compliance, vol 4, no. 1, pp. 82-89. DOI:
10.1108/eb024869

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Procter, SJ, Hassard, J & Belcher, A 1996,

Introduction: R&D decisions in strategy, policy and disclosure. in A Belcher, J Hassard & SJ Procter (eds), R&D decisions : strategy, policy and disclosure. Routledge research in organizational behaviour and strategy, Routledge, London, pp. 1-21.

Research output: Contribution To Book Anthology



Belcher, A 1995,

'Techniques for evaluating regulatory change' European Journal of Law and Economics, vol 2, no. 3, pp. 211-226. DOI:
10.1007/BF01540807

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 1995,

'Regulation by the market: the case of the Cadbury Code and compliance statement' Journal of Business Law, pp. 321-342.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 1995,

'Leasehold covenants, indemnities and group reconstructions' Conveyancer and Property Lawyer, pp. 199-211.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 1995,

'Codes of conduct and accountability for NHS boards' Public Law, pp. 288-297.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Belcher, A 1991,

'Predicting company failure' Insolvency Law and Practice, vol 7, no. 2, pp. 64-67.

Research output: Contribution To Journal



Press

'Young thinker' title for law lecturer Kirsteen

  • Published: 17/11/2011
  • Press clipping: Research

A Lecturer in Law at the University of Dundee has been named Scotland and Northern Ireland Young Thinker of the Year for 2011 for her ideas on how to 'rethink the recession'. Kirsteen Shields (28), originally from Glasgow, was awarded the title by the Young Scotland and Northern Ireland Programme, the organisation founded by the journalist Kenneth Roy. Kirsteen's pre…

Young Scientist Award for Dundee medical student

  • Published: 19/09/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

A final year medical student from the University of Dundee has received a Young Scientist Award at a prestigious medical conference in recognition of her outstanding work on the impact of antibiotic resistance worldwide and its implications for pneumonia patients. The European Respiratory Society made the award to Catriona Rother (24), originally from Edinburgh, at t…

Yes and No voters more alike than they might think, claims study

  • Published: 25/03/2015
  • Press clipping: Research

www.thecourier.co.uk/news/local/dundee/yes-and-no-voters-more-alike-than-they-might-think-claims-study-1.855595

Will the oil price continue to fall?

  • Published: 10/01/2016
  • Press clipping: Other

Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Will the oil price continue to fall?"

Will 2013 be seen as the international Year of Water law Cooperation?

  • Published: 02/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

2013 – the UN Year of Water Cooperation – is a big year for international water law. The UN Watercourses Convention, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 1997, may well enter into force before 2014 – only five additional ratifications are required. In addition, the amendment to the UNECE Helsinki Convention, which would allow non-UNECE States to join, is likely to b…

Why you should make plans for digital death

  • Published: 13/02/2011
  • Press clipping: Research

The Sunday Post. Quotes from me appar in the 2/3 page article.

Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?

  • Published: 21/08/2015
  • Press clipping: Other

Live interview on RT-TV Current News Today (Russian Television) "Why has oil gone under $50 per barrel?"  

Why crowds are good for you

  • Published: 18/10/2012
  • Press clipping: Research

Participation is important for well-being, according to scientists Being stuck in a crowd of a million people doesn’t sound like much fun, but according to the latest research, being with others - even during difficult conditions - can actually be good for well-being. The study, into the biggest religious festival on earth, the Magh Mela, suggests that participation …

WHO status for dental school unit

  • Published: 01/11/2004
  • Press clipping: Research

The Unit of Dental and Oral Health and Health Psychology at the Dental School has been designated a World Health Organisation (WHO) Collaborating Centre for Public Health Issues on Congenital Anomalies and Technology Transfer. Professor Peter Mossey, has been appointed Head of the Centre. Since his arrival at the University in 1994, Peter has established a track reco…

What happens to a couple's digital life after break up?

  • Published: 24/02/2016
  • Press clipping: Research

During a romantic relationship, a couple is likely to create, accumulate and share many digital possessions such as videos, photos, chat histories, and shared accounts like Netflix. These digital possessions can cue precious memories, but if the relationship ends these possessions don't just disappear, they need to be dealt with in some way.  

WATCH: Stephen Fry congratulates Dundee academics for awards victories

  • Published: 13/01/2017
  • Press clipping: Research

https://www.thecourier.co.uk/fp/news/local/dundee/348021/watch-stephen-fry-congratulates-dundee-academics-awards-victories/ by Ciaran Sneddon January 13 2017, 3.25pm Updated: January 13 2017, 12.15pm Stephen Fry said he hopes to visit Dundee this year as he praised university academics for helping transform lives in Scotland and across the world. The writer and broad…

Vitamin D shown not to lower blood pressure in older adults with high blood pressure

  • Published: 12/08/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Treatment with Vitamin D does not help reduce high blood pressure in older people, a new study from the University of Dundee has shown. Researchers in the School of Medicine examined the effects of Vitamin D supplements provided to patients aged 70 and over who had isolated systolic hypertension - the most common type of high blood pressure among older people. Previo…

Visitors to the Botanic Gardens can also now enjoy a science lesson, thanks to a new genetics garden.

  • Published: 29/10/2013
  • Press clipping: Other

Article and photo in The Courier

Viewpoint: A Macroscopic Tractor Beam with Acoustic Waves

  • Published: 30/04/2014
  • Press clipping: Research

Among the many examples of how science fiction and fantasy have inspired real science, an interesting one is the “tractor beam,” first conceived by the chemical engineer and writer Edward E. Smith in the 1930s in his novel Spacehounds of IPC. Smith’s hypothetical device was a beam capable of pulling any macroscopic object from a distance. In the case of a light beam,…

UUJ thank Professor

  • Published: 01/09/2014
  • Press clipping: Other

RTPI Northern Ireland PlaNIt

Utilización de floúr y decir adiós a los azúcares es el camino contra las caries (Using Fluoride and saying goodbye to sugar to protect against cavities)

  • Published: 09/04/2014
  • Press clipping: Other

La odontopediatra y especialista en Cariologia del Reino Unido, doctora Nicola Innes, fue invitada por la Facultad de Odontologia de la Ufro para dictar dos conferencias. (The pediatric dentist and specialist in the UK, Dr Nicola Innes, was invited by the Faculty of Dentistry of UFRO to deliver two lectures.)

Uptake of Smoking During Transition to Adulthood

  • Published: 21/04/2008
  • Press clipping: Research

Resaearch to explore the reasons why young people start smoking

Unnecessary ward moves - bad for patients, bad for healthcare systems

  • Published: 29/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

Unnecessary ward moves are becoming increasingly common and have adverse consequences both for patients and for hospitals, according to researchers from the University of Dundee. Professor Marion McMurdo and Dr Miles Witham have drawn attention to the practice of 'boarding' patients - moving individuals from their own base specialty ward to other wards to accommodate…

University of Dundee researcher awarded £1.9M to combat Parkinson's disease

  • Published: 16/07/2013
  • Press clipping: Research

A scientist at the Medical Research Council Protein Phosphorylation and Ubiquitylation Unit (MRC-PPU) at the University of Dundee has been awarded almost £1.9M from the Wellcome Trust to investigate the causes of Parkinson's disease. Dr Miratul Muqit has been awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellowship in Clinical Science to undertake research over the next 5…

Activities

annual conference of the Chartered Institute of Housing Scotland

Role: Participant
Activity: Participation in conference

11 3 2014