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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
Emerging themes for largest ever hate crime study presented in public lecture
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 third of five new free public lectures to be held over the next few months.
The guest speaker is Sir Clive Loader KCB OBE and the lecture is entitled: 'The Role of the Police and Crime Commissioner in our Society'.
The lecture will be held on Wednesday 4 December 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, Sir Clive Loader.
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
70 international experts in the field of conflict prevention, mitigation and recovery support innovative degree programme
The Department of Criminology at the University of Leicester has established the Security, Conflict and International Development (SCID) Panel of Experts in order to further enhance the learning experience of students on the innovative distance-learning postgraduate degree programme (http://tinyurl.com/cyehtly).
The Panel includes over 70 international experts in the field of 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), supervising dissertations, and marking students work. Members also provide bi-monthly Online Guest Lectures, which are uploaded onto the Blog. Members will also participate in an annual SCID Symposium and contribute to an annual SCID Critical Reader.
The establishment of the Panel exposes students to the knowledge and views of a broad range of international experts and provides direct contact with senior professionals already working in the field of international development and peacebuilding. As one student has said “It has already proven invaluable to my studies”.
And a member of the Panel of Experts remarked: "The vast experience the Panel of Experts brings to this course will not only benefit the students, but will I think stimulate a greater awareness in the Panel members themselves of the great diversity of needs in post-conflict resolution, from disarming militias to dealing with financial sanctions and more. I welcome the chance to be involved."
Dr Eleanor Gordon, the Course Tutor said: "The Panel was established... to further enhance the dynamic learning experience that we hope the SCID Course provides, by incorporating input from international experts currently active in a wide variety of areas covered by the Course: we hope this will make the course more engaging, more current and more relevant to those working or hoping to work in this field."
The Panel was also established in order to help 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.
As stated by one of the members of the Panel of Experts: "The nexus of Security, Conflict and International Development is a new, and comparatively under-studied, area of work. Although its influence on international relations is clearly growing, it has been subject to very little academic scrutiny and remains surrounded by many myths and misconceptions. By providing a space for academics and practitioners to discuss and debate issues the SCID Panel is fulfilling an invaluable role."
Other members have said:
"[The SCID Panel of Experts] provides the forum for continuous synergy between academia, policy makers and practitioners to enrich understanding and training, inform decision making, and improve delivery of programmes to enhance security, conflict management and international development."
"[The establishment of the SCID Panel of Experts is an] innovative and ground breaking approach to bridging the often divergent worlds of academia and the worlds of practitioners and policy-makers. A divergence that does not serve the interests of those people most adversely affected by conflict and insecurity. An endeavour I am delighted to be a part of."
Ultimately, the establishment of the SCID Panel of Experts underscores 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.
Membership of the Panel is by invitation only and is only offered to those considered to have a high level of experience and knowledge of the field. Anyone who would like to be considered to be a member of the Panel of Experts or would like to request to be subscribed to the SCID Blog or Discussion List, should contact Dr Eleanor Gordon (firstname.lastname@example.org). Anyone interested in becoming a student on the Course, should contact Mr Russell Knifton (email@example.com).
Renowned drugs expert David Nutt to discuss ‘Drugs Without the Hot Air’ on Wednesday 20 November 2013
Lecture to reveal findings on Wednesday 27 November
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.