Ashleigh Temperley

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Ashleigh has a varied background, working in a range of sectors before returning to education as a mature student. Her previous experience includes work in housing, special educational needs and accessibility for the visually impaired. After deciding she wished to pursue a long-standing interest in criminology and social justice, Ashleigh completed a BSc with honours in criminology and psychology with the Open University. During the final year of her Bachelor’s degree, Ashleigh completed two pieces of original research. The first was a phenomenological exploration of experiences of blind adults. The second was an investigation around female genital mutilation and the barriers to UK prosecution. This paper was entered in the Undergraduate awards.

Following her OU degree in which she earned a distinction, Ashleigh moved from Newcastle Upon Tyne to undertake a Master’s degree in University of Leicester’s dedicated Criminology department. In order to strengthen her quantitative skills, she completed analysis of hate crime data provided by Leicestershire Police, submitting a final report to the Police and Crime Commissioner to guide a perpetrator rehabilitation programme. She also took the opportunity to develop her interests in religious and cultural practices, writing several papers in the area of honour killing and discrimination against Muslim women. Ashleigh achieved a distinction in her degree, including several exemplary grades in the areas of presenting and reflective practice.

Additional points of note are her voluntary work with Circles UK, a project which supports the reintegration of sex offenders in to society. Also, she has maintained her lifelong love of music, creating a music video about the importance of giving voice to the disempowered. She is currently writing the theme song for UoL’s “standing Together” initiative, an anti-hate campaign headed by the Centre for Hate Studies.

PhD Research

Ashleigh’s doctoral work is concerned with how religious texts may be interpreted in ways which foster harmful practices, predominantly within families. She is particularly interested in exploring the extent to which injurious practices exist within cultural frameworks, as opposed to being in the spirit of scripture. Ashleigh plans to explore these issues against a backdrop of liberal multiculturalism. Liberal societies, such as the UK, pride themselves on upholding religious and cultural freedom. This becomes problematic when certain practices are deemed illiberal within that same society. By engaging with a variety of faith groups, mainly those of the Abrahamic tradition, she plans to address some unhelpful stereotypes while creating a nuanced picture of this difficult terrain.

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