Signing off as Blogging Criminologist….

Thank you all for following, supporting and engaging in my blog over the last 2 years. The time has come for me to end the Blogging Criminologist. There are many reasons for this, some professional and some personal, but those reasons don't matter right now. I want to end with some last thoughts of what … Continue reading Signing off as Blogging Criminologist….

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A response to the accusations and returning to academic freedom

This week I published a new post, it was nothing more than a thought piece about how we refer to people in our research. This post received largely positive feedback (thank you to those for your messages of support) but it also received some extremely harsh accusations, which I would like to respond to. I … Continue reading A response to the accusations and returning to academic freedom

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?

#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?