Doctor Sandy Noakes

Doctor Sandy Noakes

Interim Deputy Dean - School of Law,
Dean's Unit - School of Law

Director of Academic Program, First Year Law,
Dean's Unit - School of Law

Senior Lecturer,
School of Law


Sandy is the Director of Academic Program, First Year and  Senior Lecturer in Law at Western Sydney University School of Law, and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, UK. She is a recognised authority and research leader in examining how cultures of workplace and university education govern via norms that reflect the sensibilities and interests of those in power. Her research leadership provides resources to challenge these norms, central to WSU’s goal of ‘setting the benchmark for diversity, inclusiveness and equity’.   Her research investigates the governance regimes—in employment and education—that shape and constrain people’s opportunities and choices, and how these regimes can be changed to promote more equitable outcomes. She has over twenty years of excellence in teaching at WSU and other law schools, including Macquarie University and the University of Wollongong.  Her professional expertise as a labour lawyer has informed her teaching of workplace law elective subjects, mentoring students to master the attributes employers want and securing employment opportunities for graduates.  From 2005 -2007 she was a Visiting Fellow at Macquarie University and since 2005, she has held the position of Revising Examiner in Real Property Law for the Legal Profession Admission Board, NSW. Whilst in legal practice, Sandy was a Senior Associate with Phillips Fox (now DLA Piper) and a consultant to McArdle Legal, an employment and industrial relations law firm in Sydney. 

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  • PhD University of Wollongong
  • BCom/LLB University of New South Wales

Professional Memberships

  • Revising Examiner, Real Property Law, Legal Profession Admission Board (2005 - 2017)
  • Fellow, Higher Education Academy (2019 - 2019)

Organisational Unit (School / Division)

  • Dean's Unit - School of Law
  • Dean's Unit - School of Law
  • School of Law


Phone: (02) 9685 9106
(02) 9685 9106
Location: EK.G.13

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Previous Teaching Areas

  • 200297 Law of Employment, 2017
  • 200929 Employment Law and Policy, 2018
  • 200977 Fundamentals of Australian Law, 2018
  • 200978 Legal Analysis and Critique, 2017


Chapters in Books

  • McPherson, J., Noakes, S., Seymour, E. and Lynch, J. (2023), 'Connecting generic academic integrity modules to professional integrity through curriculum design', Academic Quality and Integrity in the New Higher Education Digital Environment: A Global Perspective, Chandos Publishing 9780323954235.

Journal Articles

  • Bhatti, M., Hashimi, M. and Noakes, S. (2023), 'Anti-discrimination laws in Australia : are Muslim women protected?', Australian Journal of Human Rights, vol 29, no 1 , pp 1 - 22.
  • Konzen, C. and Noakes, S. (2023), 'Anti-essentialism and intersectionality : an analysis of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth) and the review of the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012 (Cth)', University of New South Wales Law Journal, vol 46, no 4 , pp 1169 - 1213.
  • Noakes, S. and Cody, A. (2022), 'Building a (self) reflective muscle in diverse first year law students', Legal Education Review, vol 32, no 1 , pp 69 - 108.
  • Cody, A. and Noakes, S. (2022), 'Valuing diverse students : an ethical response to building success in first-year law students and broadening the legal profession', Legal Ethics, vol 25, no 1-2 , pp 64 - 87.
  • Noakes, S. and Hook, S. (2021), 'The blurred line between the professional and the personal : regulation of teacher behaviour on social media', Australian Journal of Education, vol 65, no 1 , pp 6 - 23.
  • Noakes, S. (2021), '"Reality check" : supporting law student diversity and achievement through a novel model of support and assessment of academic literacy : student perceptions, retention and performance', The Law Teacher, vol 55, no 3 , pp 337 - 363.
  • Noakes, S. (2021), ''Needs improvement' : positioning good practice writing pedagogy in the Australian Law School Curriculum', Monash University Law Review, vol 47, no 1 .
  • Noakes, S. (2020), '"Law academics probably would be a little bit embarrassed to do that" : misconceptions of the role of ALL expertise by law academics, and what to do about them', Journal of Academic Language and Learning, vol 14, no 1 , pp 87 - 112.
  • Noakes, S. (2020), 'Implementing good practice pedagogy to support law students' writing skills', Legal Education Review, vol 30, no 1 , pp 1 - 44.
  • Hook, S. and Noakes, S. (2019), 'Employer control of employee behaviour through social media', Law, Technology and Humans, vol 1, no 1 , pp 141 - 161.

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