Tilly obtained her Postgraduate Law LLM (General) at the University of Liverpool, for which her research covered a mixture of medical, international and charity law. She became a PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the School of Law and Social Justice in September 2019.


Tilly’s research interests lie predominantly in charity law and educational law and policy. In this intersection, her thesis explores the charitable status of independent schools and whether this charity status can be justified.

Working thesis title

An Investigation into the Charitable Status of Independent Schools

Dates of study

PhD Start Date: September 2019
PhD Completion Date: September 2023


Dr John Picton (Liverpool Law School) and Dr Eleanor Drywood (Liverpool Law School)

Research Summary

This research includes discussion of inequality and social mobility surrounding the state and private education sector, alongside in-depth research on the public benefit requirement for independent schools.