Following the decision of the Higher Education Academy to discontinue funding to subject centres, the UK Centre for Legal Education will cease activity in its present form at the end of July 2011, as noted by our director, Julian Webb, in his recent statement on the website.
The Digital Directions blog will continue to exist here at www.ukcle.typepad.com as an archived site (running as a free micro plan, according to Typepad!) but will not be updated or maintained beyond today.
From August 2011, I will be working for the HEA as their Discipline Lead for Law so I will continue to promote legal education in the UK in a similar way, and hopefully see that many of the UKCLE's projects and initiatives continue in one form or another.
Since July 2007, I've managed to crank out 143 Digital Directions blog posts on anything and everything from law conferences to new technologies such as iPhone apps and a variety of comments on the use of Twitter. With over 16,000 visitors there have been around 11 vists per day over the past 4 years, according to Typepad.
I have thoroughly enjoyed writing the blog, reporting on conferences and events, finding newsworthy items to discuss etc. Occasionally suffering from the 90-9-1 rule of social engagement, otherwise known as the "Is anybody out there?!" syndrome, I've always been pleased to see comments on the blog, but more usually hear verbal comments from friends, colleagues and strangers at conferences and events.
Hopefully the blog has been of some use or interest to the legal education community (both teachers and students), legal practitioners and the world at large. I've certainly been pleased to see such a diverse international readership as seen in the annual reviews of "who's been reading this blog?!" in 2009, 2010 and 2011 with traffic coming from all continents and a variety of nations and regions.