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School of Social Sciences


The Criminology team resides in the School of Social Sciences, has 21 full-time members of staff and serves around 800 students. It runs two undergraduate programmes, Criminology and Criminology with Psychology, and a masters degree in Criminology. A number of PhD students are also working towards doctorates.

The team’s interests and expertise are varied and include theoretical criminology, psychology and crime, social and political theory, global security, poverty and crime, race, exclusion, prisons, sex work, human trafficking, policing and philosophy. A significant majority of the team hold PhDs or are working towards them. Similarly, the majority of staff hold, or are working towards, higher education teaching qualifications.

The Criminology team has a diverse research culture and its research lead is Professor Colin Webster, an internationally acknowledged authority on race, crime and poverty. The team is also involved in bringing University research closer to the public and relevant external stakeholders. It is home to the Prison Research Network (PRN), which acts as a hub for prison research, knowledge exchange and training across the University while also fostering closer connections with local prisons. The PRN has hosted a number of successful conferences and is undertaking pioneering work in prison education.

The team is highly focused on delivering an excellent student experience, which is realised through research-led teaching, innovative curricula and an emphasis on developing a wide range of employability skills.