Gary Humphries - 1980-1989

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I remember the Law School of the late 1970s and early 1980s as a relaxed and informal haven on campus. The new continuous assessment regime had dampened the student activism of the early 70s, and tuition fees were yet to be reintroduced. The School's lecturers were liberally sprinkled with eminent names, but informality was the preferred mode. No one – whether student or teacher – ever came to a lecture wearing a tie, and the lecturers (but not the students) were allowed to smoke while teaching. Figures like Leslie Zines and Jim Davis cheerfully puffed away as they ploughed through the principles of constitutional or contract law. For all the campus political activism of the preceding decade, political correctness had not quite sunk its talons into the Law School.