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 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
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
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
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
I have decided to put this together after researching and advocating for the decriminalisation of harmful substances over many years. This is often an emotive subject and the opposing argument will always exist, but here are my top ten justifications for decriminalising illegal drugs: Drug misuse would be become a health issue not a crime … Continue reading Top Ten: Benefits of Decriminalising (and Legalising) Drugs
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