Funding Success for Mediation Clinic
The Mediation Clinic is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a grant of £9,000 by Strathclyde's Alumni Fund. The fund, which exists to "enable Strathclyde students to realise their potential and have an outstanding university experience", recognised the importance of the Clinic's work in providing mediation under Scotland's new Simple Procedure. Glasgow and Falkirk Sheriff Courts have started referring civil cases with a value of up to £5,000 and will soon be joined by courts in Hamilton, Airdrie, Paisley and Kilmarnock.
The grant will support students acting as assistant coordinator and researcher, enabling the Clinic to lay the foundations for the wider use of mediation in future. While Simple Procedure specifically instructs sheriffs to consider the use of alternative dispute resolution, no funding provision has yet been made to enable this to take place. The Clinic is plugging this gap while also providing students with the richest form of learning - mediating in real-life cases.
Clinic Director, Charlie Irvine, said
I'm very pleased that the Alumni Fund has chosen to support the Mediation Clinic's work. I know this grant will enable our committed, professional students to help more people resolve their disputes in a peaceful manner.
Head of the Law School, Nicole Busby, said:
This is a very welcome development which will help our successful Mediation Clinic move on to the next stage in its development. The Law School is very grateful to the Alumni Fund for supporting our activities in this way.
For more information on the Mediation Clinic see https://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/lawschool/mediationclinic/
For the LLM/MSc in Mediation and Conflict Resolution see http://www.strath.ac.uk/humanities/courses/law/courses/mediation/