News within the department
Wednesday 20 November at 5:15pm at the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre in the Henry Wellcome building.
We encourage all prospective students to come and visit the University wherever possible. Even if you already live in Leicester, an organised visit to the Department will allow you to find out more than you ever could from a book or website.
The Department of Criminology's next campus-based postgraduate open afternoon for those interested in our Masters courses or MPhil and PhD opportunities will be held on Wednesday 4 December 2013.
There is an optional campus tour which starts at 2:30pm from the Department of Criminology.
Registration and refreshments will be available from 3:30pm with the open afternoon formally beginning at 3:45pm.
All attendees will also have the opportunity to attend one of our popular public Scarman lectures at 5:15pm by Sir Clive Loader entitled "The Role of the Police and Crime Commissioner in our Society"
To book your place, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and provide your name, the course that you are interested in, your email address and postal address and if you want to attend the campus tour and Scarman Lecture.
You can download the poster for the event.
The MSc in Security, Conflict and International Development (SCID) Panel of Experts has been recently established in order to further enhance the learning experience and expose students to the knowledge and views of a broad range of international experts. In particular, it was considered important to bridge the divide between academia and the practical field, not least because the Course endeavours to equip its students with the knowledge and skills to pursue a career in the field of post-conflict recovery and wider international development.
Ultimately, it is hoped that by bridging the gap between academia and the field, efforts to understand and better respond to the challenges posed by conflict can be enhanced.
There are currently over 70 members of the SCID Panel of Experts, who each have extensive international experience and expertise in a wide variety of subjects related to conflict prevention, mitigation and recovery. Panel members are engaged in a wide range of activities to enhance the Course and support its students, including contributing to the newly established SCID Blog (http://uolscid.wordpress.com) and email discussion list (www.jiscmail.ac.uk/UOLSCID), and supervising dissertations and marking students work. Members will also be participating in an annual SCID Symposium and an annual SCID Critical Reader, as well as providing regular Online Guest Lectures.
The first of these Online Guest Lectures will be presented on Monday 18 November by Conor Foley, the subject of which is “The legal framework of peace support operations”.
Conor Foley is an expert on legal reform, human rights and protection issues, having worked in over twenty conflict, post-conflict or fragile zones and having worked for a variety of UN human rights and humanitarian agencies. Conor is also a Visiting Professor at Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, a Research Fellow at the Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham and a Visiting Fellow at the University of Essex. He is also an occasional contributor to the Guardian newspaper and has written a number of books on humanitarian and human rights issues, including Another system is possible: reforming Brazilian justice (International Bar Association and the Brazilian Ministry of Justice, 2012), The Thin Blue Line: how humanitarianism went to war (Verso: 2010), A Guide to Property Law in Afghanistan (UNHCR: 2005), Combating Torture: a manual for judges and prosecutors (FCO: 2003), Human Rights, Human Wrongs: an alternative report to the UN Human Rights Committee (Liberty: 1995) and Legion of the Rearguard: the IRA and the modern Irish state (Pluto: 1992).
The audio-visual presentation will be uploaded to the SCID Blog http://uolscid.wordpress.com as a new post on Monday 18 November 2013. You are invited to listen to the Lecture and post any comments or questions in reply to the post. There will be a period of up to two weeks in which Conor and others will respond to questions and participate in the post-Lecture discussion.
You can view and download a copy of the lecture poster.
The establishment of the SCID Panel of Experts is part of the continued effort to ensure that the SCID Course remains at the cutting edge of field-based, technical and pedagogical developments and that the learning experience is exciting, engaging and, ultimately, useful.
The Scarman Lectures are a series of free public lectures where high profile guest speakers deliver papers on current issues in criminology, criminal justice, policing and community safety.
This is the second of five new free public lectures to be held over the next few months.
The guest speaker is Professor David Nutt DM, FRCP, FRCPsych, FSB, FmedSci and the lecture is called 'Drugs Without the Hot Air'
The lecture will be held on Wednesday 20 November at 5:15pm at the Frank and Katherine May Lecture Theatre in the Henry Wellcome building.
As with the other lectures in the Scarman series, this lecture is free, open to all and a wine reception will be held after the lecture to give you an opportunity to talk to the guest speaker, Professor David Nutt.
You can view and download the poster for this lecture.
To book a place for this lecture, please contact Russell Knifton by email at email@example.com
Dr Neil Chakraborti, Reader in Criminology and Principal Investigator of the Leicester Hate Crime Project, recently contributed articles to the Leicester Mercury newspaper as part of Hate Crime Awareness Week- which ran from 14 October to 18 October 2013.
The first article was First Person: 'Leicester has a reputation for tolerance, but we're not immune to the scourge of hate crime' which ran on 16 October 2013.
A second piece was published on 21 October 2013 in the Leicester Mercury which was entitled: 'Victims of hatred are given a voice'
Alongside that piece a series of tweets were published from the Leicester Hate Crime twitter feed- @HateCrime_Leics. These tweets were part of the ‘Everyday Prejudice’ week which the project team ran to coincide with Hate Crime Awareness Week. This was a way of encouraging people to tweet the Leicester Hater Crime Project team with stories of their own experiences of prejudice in Leicester, which the team then shared on their Twitter page in order to raise awareness of the problems people face because of their ‘difference’.