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?
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
I was recently asked what advice I would give to someone who was considering embarking on a PhD in Criminology and it really got me thinking about what I would have told myself 12 years ago. This was actually a difficult challenge because the first response to pop into my head was "don't do it!", … Continue reading Thinking of doing a Criminology PhD? Here’s Some Advice
It's been 1 year since I set up Blogging Criminologist and wrote my first post and what a year it has been. I've decided to write this annual review post to consider why blogging in this way has been so beneficial and what I hope to achieve in the coming year. I have already reflected … Continue reading A Year As An Anonymous Criminologist
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
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
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