It has been an excellent week for the Keele Criminology team. On Tuesday, we learnt that our Criminology programme was ranked 10th in the UK in the Guardian university league tables for 2018. This ranking was calculated using factors such as final year students’ satisfaction with their course content, the teaching provided and the quality of feedback offered. It also considered other important factors such as how students’ individual degree results compare with their entry qualifications, to demonstrate how effective the teaching is, and the percentage of graduates who find graduate-level jobs, or are studying further, within six months of graduation. This excellent result is a testament to the hard work of academic and administrative staff in the team.
On Wednesday, Tony Kearon, Helen Wells & Leanne Savigar were invited to the College of Policing to talk about research conducted as part of the Police Knowledge Fund award and other projects involving Keele criminologists and Police partners. The event was part of the High Potential Development Scheme training, and the Criminology team discussed projects including the prevention of child sexual exploitation, neighbourhood policing, roads policing and mental health.
On Thursday, Andy Henley and Helen Wells attended the Staffordshire Youth Commission’s ‘Big Conversation’ event where young people, including five of our undergraduate Criminology students, presented the findings of their survey into young people’s policing and crime priorities. The audience included the Police and Crime Commissioner for Staffordshire and several senior officers.
The Commission is co-ordinated by Criminology and Criminal Justice MA student Nicola Collett who has recently been awarded a Faculty of Humanities and Social Science studentship at Keele. This is to conduct doctoral research into the long-term impact of criminal records acquired in childhood. Her project will be supervised by Mary Corcoran and Andy Henley.
And finally… we also learnt yesterday afternoon that Samantha Weston’s article, ‘Using the “recovery” and “rehabilitation” paradigms to support desistance of substance-involved offenders’, has been selected by the editorial team of the Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice as the Outstanding Paper in the 2017 Emerald Literati Network Awards for Excellence. Many congratulations to Sam and her co-authors!