Labels and stigma in Criminology – who are we to decide?

I'm a firm believer that labelling and stigmatising can be destructive, demoralising and even de-humanising, particular when thinking about crime and justice. That said I think we need to consider the application of labels by criminologists. There's been a numbe of conversations about academics using labels in research at the last few conferences I've attended … Continue reading Labels and stigma in Criminology – who are we to decide?

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#ImmodestWomen – Why I am choosing to be modest

The support for #immodestwomen on Twitter over the last week has been remarkable. Women taking a stand and declaring that their professional achievements should be recognised just in the same way as men's is powerful. I haven't changed my personal Twitter account and it isn't because I don't support #immodestwomen, because I most certainly do, … Continue reading #ImmodestWomen – Why I am choosing to be modest

Top Ten ridiculous things said by senior management in universities

I have compiled some of the most ludicrous conversations that have taken place in universities of late. How many of these have you heard from senior management? Obviously there's lots more so please share your stories too. 1. We are delighted that you've been awarded a 3 year £750,000 research grant. That will look great … Continue reading Top Ten ridiculous things said by senior management in universities

A Letter To All Vice Chancellors

Dear University Vice Chancellors, Deputy Vice Chancellors and Senior Management I am an academic, someone who has spent their whole life dedicated to their discipline, someone who has worked hard to provide excellence in teaching, excellence in research and to inspire people and challenge the taken for granted. I love what I do. Universities have … Continue reading A Letter To All Vice Chancellors

Top Ten: What makes a great Criminology course?

Teaching Criminology can be fun, exciting and engaging, but at the same time we can find it challenging, tiring and sometimes demoralising. Even if you take away institutional constraints and bureaucratic tape, the discipline itself poses great difficulties for lecturers today. There are so many Criminology courses across the UK now and some are definitely … Continue reading Top Ten: What makes a great Criminology course?

Rethinking Criminological Research

It's been a few weeks since my last post, but I'm pleased to say that I finally have found some time to write. Recently a fellow Criminology lecturer came up to me and asked "so what are you researching right now", now whilst that probably seems like an obvious question to ask another academic, it … Continue reading Rethinking Criminological Research

Top Ten: Signs that a new academic year has begun

It's been a few weeks since my last post, but I'm pleased to say that I finally have found some time to write a post in between student inductions, endless emails, and bureaucratic nonsense. I have some quite challenging blog posts line dup for the coming months, so I thought I would offer a more … Continue reading Top Ten: Signs that a new academic year has begun