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- provide objective standards for, and an independent assessment of, the professional competence and experience of those practising the art and science of security both nationally and internationally;
- raise awareness of professional security practices for the benefit of the public and industry.
- Self-directed reading and research: this includes activities such as reading trade magazines or academic journals; attending exhibitions/ trade shows and undertaking security related research (not for a qualification).
- Structured Training and Qualifications: attending SyI and CPD partner events; attending training; studying for a recognised security management qualification or obtaining a security management qualification.
- Other Contributions (Development of other activities outside of your day to day job): attending SyI meetings; writing articles or books; delivering presentations; organising security-related educational events/assessing or designing coursework.
All students registered on one of the Department of Criminology's distance learning security-related degree programmes are entitled to free membership of the Security Institute (SyI).
The Institute is a leading professional body that aims to:
There are numerous benefits of student membership. The institute organises a number of regional and national conferences, training programmes and social events; the newly created knowledge centre provides access to current academic and policy related research; and membership allows you to make contact with other professionals working in the field. Further details about the SyI can be found at the Security Institute homepage
A further benefit of membership is that you can participate in the SyI Continuing Professional Development (CPD) scheme. As the SyI is committed to raising standards within the security profession, it encourages everyone working in security to actively seek to develop their knowledge, competence and expertise. CPD is an essential way to keep up-to-date with the latest issues and developments in the security arena, giving those who participate in the scheme a competitive edge over other practitioners. In order to maintain CPD status, this scheme requires you to acquire 36 points each year across three main activity categories (with a minimum of 5 points in each) including:
The Department of Criminology is a full partner in the Security Institute CPD scheme. Therefore, a number of activities completed as part of your course can allow you to build up CPD points. Further details about the CPD scheme and the Security Institute can be located at the Security Institute CPD scheme webpage
For further details about member benefits or the CPD scheme, please contact Vickie@security-institute.org or phone 08453 707717
Sir Clive Loader KCB OBE to discuss ‘The Role of the Police and Crime Commissioner in Society’ on Wednesday 4 December 2013
Dr Neil Chakraborti has been appointed as Chair of the Research Committee for the Board of Trustees at the Howard League for Penal Reform.
Established in 1866, the Howard League for Penal Reform is the oldest penal reform charity in the UK and is renowned for its pioneering work designed to facilitate less crime, safer communities and fewer people in prison. As an organisation, it achieves principled and radical change through a variety of ways, including research, campaigning, legal work and parliamentary lobbying and briefings. The Howard League works with parliament, the media, criminal justice professionals, students and members of the public in order to influence debate and policy.
Neil, a Reader in Criminology at the Department of Criminology, was invited to join the Board of Trustees in November 2011. Since that time has been involved in the setting and monitoring of the strategic direction of the Howard League and the establishment of policy. As Chair of the Research Committee he will play a key role in providing strategic oversight of their research activity, helping the executive management team to develop partnerships that continue the focus on high quality research.
Frances Crook, Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform, commented:
“We are pleased to announce that Dr Neil Chakraborti has been appointed Chair of the Research Committee for the Board of Trustees. Dr Chakraborti will be setting the strategic direction for the internationally recognised centre of research and leading the charity’s major five year programme questioning the ethics and practice of justice”.
The December edition of the Café Research will have three talks being given, one of which is Irene Zempi presenting her talk entitled:' Islamophobia and the Face Veil in the UK'.
Cafe Research is an opportunity for research postgraduates to get together and talk about their research in an informal setting.
The aim of Café Research is to provide a series of informal social events where research students can meet, network, share ideas and even hone their presentation skills, over a glass of wine or orange juice. The evening will typically feature three or four researchers from across the university, who will describe their research in a manner that can be easily understood by people from outside their discipline.
The talks are from 6:00pm to 8:00pm and you can find out more and book your place by visiting the webpage