The Criminology team resides in the School of Social Sciences and serves around 800 students. It runs two undergraduate programmes, Criminology and Sociology with Criminology, 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. The team is 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.
In September 2020 we also launched our Cold Case Unit where, working alongside Locate International - a community interest company set up to help the families of missing people - our students have the opportunity to progress police investigations by reviewing long-term unsolved missing person cases.
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.