Dr Bill Davies, Senior Lecturer

Dr Bill Davies

Senior Lecturer

Bill is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Beckett University, a position he has held since 2012. Bill's PhD examined the lived experiences of short sentenced prisoners, identifying that by imprisoning people for short periods of time we are depriving those people of opportunities to better their lives. Along with a colleague, Dr Alexandria Bradley, Bill runs a Learning Together program at HMP Full Sutton, a Category A prison outside York. In excess of 40 prisoners have gained university level academic credits as a result of this program. Bill has supported a number of released prisoners with their applications to higher education. 

In 2017 Bill won a national teaching award for his work within prisons, being honoured by the Worshipful Company of Educators as Inspirational Teacher of the Year. Bill has published articles on prison education, suicide ideation among male prisoners, and convict criminology. Alongside Rod Earle, their paper Earle, R., & Davies, B. (2020). Glimpses across 50 years of prison life from members of British Convict Criminology. Prison Service Journal, (250), 13-19. was awarded Winner of Best PSJ Paper of 2020.

Current Teaching

Bill teaches two level 6 modules on the Criminology and Criminology with Psychology degree programmes:

  • Learning Together within HMP Full Sutton
  • The Criminology of Tattooing

Research Interests

Along with a colleague, Dr Alexandria Bradley, Bill runs an academic module within HMP Full Sutton, and Alex and Bill have published articles on this work. The work done on this module has been cited as good practice by both Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons, and Ofsted reports relating to the education provision within Full Sutton.

Dr Bill Davies, Senior Lecturer

Selected Outputs

  • Davies WN (2015) Unique Position: Dual Identities as Prison Researcher and Ex-prisoner. In: Earle R; Drake D; Sloan J ed. The Palgrave Handbook of Prison Ethnography. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 463-478.