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
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
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
I found it so difficult narrowing it down to 10 - this could have easily have been a top 100. I support radical change in all these areas, and unless something is done, things are unlikely to change. The criminal justice system is being used as a social services system - we need to stop … Continue reading Top Ten: Reasons Why Our CJS is Failing
I doubt many would disagree that our prison system is seriously flawed on many levels. Whether your interest is in punitive retribution, prisoner rehabilitation, safety of inmates and staff, desistance or privatisation, it is clear that our prison system isn't working and serious reform is urgently required. However, the prison is part of our criminal … Continue reading We need to think bigger than prisons
Today's post is inspired by the media hype surrounding Liz Truss' recent announcement to publish a new prison reform plan. When this announcement was made I saw social media users jump all over it and academics being interviewed by newspapers condemning her approach. Let me first remind those quick to judge critics that Liz Truss … Continue reading Have we become too quick to judge and criticise?