Claire Vanneck

Lecturer in Criminology

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I obtained a First Class BA (Hons) in Criminology from the University of Leicester in 2005 and subsequently an MSc in Applied Criminology (Distinction) in 2009. Upon completion of my Master’s degree, also attained from the University of Leicester, I was awarded the ‘Best Dissertation’ in recognition of my excellent academic performance. I became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2017, and more recently (2020) graduated with a Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning Technologies, also undertaken at the University of Leicester but within the School of Education.

I have been employed as a Teaching Fellow on the Distance Learning programmes since 2014 and prior to that I taught Research Methods, SPSS and NVivo analysis to campus based students both in the School of Criminology and wider University since 2007. I have also worked as a Learning Technologist within the University’s Course Design and Development Unit with a specific focus on the delivery of Distance Learning Programmes via the Blackboard Virtual Learning Environment as well as taught on the Leicester Award as part of the Career Development Service. I hold a Barefoot E-moderator certification in acknowledgement of my good practice in online teaching.

Beyond my University teaching I am actively engaged in widening participation and I'm a current Tutor on both the Realising Opportunities Programme and the Leicester Enhanced Access Programme. Both are designed to engage talented Year 12 students interested in University study but who have personal circumstances that may have affected their ability to reach their full academic potential.

Prior to entering academia as a mature student, I was heavily involved in the management of music venues and dance festivals throughout the country. During this time I worked closely with members of the Metropolitan and Thames Valley Police Services to tackle violent crime in the Night-Time Economy. I was also involved in joint operations with Trident to tackle gang and gun crime and engaged in events and activities with the Newham Youth Awareness programme and Safer Dancing campaign to address issues relating to recreational drug use. These experiences undoubtedly shaped and spurred my research interests and the focus of both my Bachelor’s and Master’s Dissertations.


  • Information, Technology and Security (Undergraduate Module)
  • Managing Security in the Workplace (Undergraduate Module)
  • Crime in the Workplace (Postgraduate Module)
  • Criminological Research Methods (Postgraduate Module)
  • Regulations, Standards and Governance (Postgraduate Module)
  • Statistical Package for the Social Sciences (SPSS)

Administrative responsibilities

  • Course Convenor MSC Security and Risk Management
  • Course Tutor MSc Security and Risk Management
  • School Plagiarism Officer


  • Regulating the private security industry
  • Risk and security in the night-time economy
  • Recreational drug use
  • Privatised policing


Jolliffe, D. Murray, J. Farrington, D. and Vanneck, C.  (2012) Testing the Cambridge quality checklists on a review of disrupted families and crime, Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 22(5) pp.303-314.

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