Denis obtained a MA in Social Science and Diploma in Adult Education from the University of Glasgow. He spent the early part of his career working in a number of posts within local government. These positions afforded him the opportunity to gain both frontline and managerial experience in delivering educational services.
His interest in law led him to obtain a LLB from the University of Strathclyde and a Diploma in Legal Practice from the Glasgow Graduate School of Law; and to leave local government in 2010.
He returned to local government for a period commencing in 2011 until 2012; this was within Social Work Services in a post which required him to advocate for care leavers seeking employment or wishing to access training or educational opportunities.
His interest in human rights was further inspired during his undergraduate law studies. This resulted in him returning to the University of Strathclyde to undertake a LLM in Human Rights Law which he completed in 2014.
It was during this time be took up the post of Parliamentary Assistant in the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh, working for a Member of the Scottish Parliament in the role as a researcher and speech writer; a position which he held until 2016.
The outcome of referendum as to whether or not the UK should remain in the European Union of 23 June 2016 led him to consider researching the impact of how a vote to leave would have upon Scotland and Northern Ireland; areas of the UK which had voted to remain. As a consequence, he is undertaking a LLM by Research into the potential constitutional effect this may have on Scotland.
His research interests include constitutional law, human rights law and criminal law.
Working in a variety of posts within educational settings provided Denis with opportunities that included being:
- Course tutor
- Course assessor
- Course verifier
- Course organiser
- The writing and production of course materials
- Supervisor of students on placement from university
- Support to undergraduate and postgraduate students undertaking research studies
- External assessor for final year university students
- Represent the local authority on local and national bodies
Secondment: The Scottish Office – HMIE Unit, National Development Officer, Quality Improvement – Community Education
University of Stirling, Quality Management Centre
- Internal Auditor Certificate
Scottish Qualification Authority
- Certificate for Vocational Assessors
- Certificate for Internal Verifiers
- Member, Glasgow Bar association
- Member, Royal Faculty of Procurators in Glasgow
- Member, Scottish Legal Action Group
- Member, Scottish Medico-Legal Society
- Member, UK Constitutional Law Association
- Member, Justice
- Member, Committee on the Administration of Justice
- Member, Irish Centre for European Law
Continuous Professional Development
- CPD is undertaken through attendance at seminars courses and conferences provided by a variety of institutions and organisations