What I’ve learnt this academic year 

As I near the end of another academic year I have been doing some reflecting on the highs and lows and things I've learnt. So here's my top ten reflections:  1. Gender DOES matter. I have encountered blatant discrimination on the basis on my gender. It turns out that some men just feel too threatened … Continue reading What I’ve learnt this academic year 

We need to work with, instead of against, the police 

It still really suprises me that in UK universities today much of the teaching around issues of UK policing focus so much attention on failure. Courses, modules and lectures regurgitating how corrupt, sexist, racist and ineffective our UK police forces are a prominent feature of many social science degrees. I am in no way arguing … Continue reading We need to work with, instead of against, the police 

Thoughts on HMP Berwyn 

I am very much opposed to the building of new "super-prisons" as followers of this blog will know. I don't believe that everyone who is sentenced needs to be incarcerated and I cannot stand to see people with social and individual problems being exploited for the purposes of capitalism. The privatisation of prisons in the … Continue reading Thoughts on HMP Berwyn 

Dehumanisation, deviance and crime

"People are out there doing bad things to each other. That's because they've been dehumanised. It's time to take the humanity back into the center of the ring and follow that for a time. Greed, it ain't going anywhere. They should have that in a big billboard across Times Square. Without people you're nothing. That's … Continue reading Dehumanisation, deviance and crime

A Lighthearted Reflection on Achieving a Doctorate – By The Active Author

Six and a half years ago I sat in a cold, damp bungalow / come make-shift police station and clicked on the ‘apply’ button for a Professional Doctorate in Criminal Justice Studies at the University of Portsmouth. As a new mum with a six month old baby, of course it occurred to me that I … Continue reading A Lighthearted Reflection on Achieving a Doctorate – By The Active Author

Top Ten: Dilemmas with REF

Here's a summary of one of my previous blog posts on why often the REF is bad for Academia It puts too much focus on applied research, meaning conceptual and theoretical work gets devalued. It puts barriers in the way for early career researchers trying to gain permanent employment. Academics are just expected to write … Continue reading Top Ten: Dilemmas with REF

Top Ten: Barriers I Have Faced In Academia

I have faced numerous barriers that prevented my academic progression in my formative years, and many will strike a chord will those reading this. Some of these barriers have resulted from my own life choices, others are a consequence of academic structures. It's interesting to think back over my journey and reflect on the main barriers … Continue reading Top Ten: Barriers I Have Faced In Academia