Sheffield Hallam Uni latest to abandon GDL

A seventh institution has fled the GDL market this year due to poor enrolment.

Sheffield Hallam ­University is the latest establishment to axe its GDL, which will be removed from September 2012.

Head of the Law and Criminology Department Sital Dhillon said: “We’ve carried out a strategic review of our offer and decided to withdraw the GDL on the grounds that we wish to refresh our portfolio and focus on significant investment in our newly re-validated Law degree, which is heavily clinical in nature.”

The law school, which charged £4,800 for the full-time one-year course, follows closely in Thames Valley University’s footsteps, which recently withdrew its legal conversion course for September 2011.

Both institutions’ GDLs revealed low enrolment ­figures over the past two years, attracting between 11 and 13, and eight and 14 aspiring lawyers respectively for 2009-10 and 2010-11.

The news follows BPP Law School cancelling its part-time GDL in Birmingham and Bristol (Lawyer, 22 September).

Southampton Solent University and the universities of East London, Sunderland and Wolverhampton were also forced to pull the plug on their GDL courses ­earlier this year (, 13 July 2011).

Sunderland enrolled just three students onto its GDL in 2009-10, Southampton Solent took on eight, while Wolverhampton attracted just 11.