Associate Professor Judith McNamara is the Head of the QUT Law School. She has extensive leadership in legal education and has published widely in the field. Judith has expertise in curriculum design, including learning and teaching pedagogies, and has undertaken several learning and teaching related research projects, including as a Chief Investigator on an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Category 1 project. As Head of School Judith has led meaningful change in legal education resulting in transformation of learning and teaching approaches in the QUT law degree including the introduction of a Minor in Law Technology and Innovation, embedding of work integrated learning and adoption of an intentionally blended curriculum. During the COVID19 pandemic she has led a rapid shift to fully online delivery of all programs in the law school. She is currently the Chief Investigator for a research project which aims to investigate how higher education institutions can adopt a more responsive and empathetic approach to student engagement. The project, motivated by the rapid move to online learning that occurred as a result of the COVID19 pandemic, seeks deep insights into student learning experiences to develop a model to assist higher education institutions to adopt an empathetic approach to student engagement in designing learning experiences.