Nick Janicki


Teaching Fellow

Contact Details

  • Tel: +44 (0)116 252 5781
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  • Office: Room 0.07, ground floor, 154 Upper New Walk
  • Office Hours: By appointment


Nick obtained a BA (Hons) in Criminology at the University of Leicester in 2007 and an MSc in Applied Criminology (Distinction) at the same institution in 2008. Subsequently, Nick completed his Diploma in Probation Studies and worked in the National Probation Service in England and Wales as an Offender Manager focusing on the management of high risk offenders. In 2012, moved to a specialised sex offender treatment team, which comprises of him undertaking specialist assessments with men who have sexually offended and being involved in the delivery of groupwork treatment.

Nick has been employed on a part-time basis with the Department since 2014 teaching across the Department's undergraduate and postgraduate distance learning programmes. In 2016, Nick enrolled as a part-time PhD student under the supervision of Sarah Hodgkinson and Clare Gunby.

Research Interests

  • Community sentencing
  • Risk assessment and management of offenders
  • Sexual offending and treatment

PhD Research

Nick’s PhD is in the area of sex offender treatment and more specifically the impact of the recently introduced polygraph testing for sexual offenders. The Offender Management Act 2007 introduced polygraph testing for very high and high risk sexual offenders being released on licence from prison as a means to assist with monitoring risk and compliance with conditions of licence whilst in the community. Research has been undertaken into the accuracy and utility of polygraph testing for this group, with one usage being that it can assist with treatment, including the identification of treatment needs. However, current studies have predominantly been conducted in the United States and the limited research undertaken in England and Wales has focused on the role of the Offender Manager within the Probation Service.

There remains a lack of knowledge and understanding as to the impact of polygraph testing on the treatment process, including therapeutic relationships, treatment outcomes and engagement, particularly as groupwork intervention is becoming increasing influenced by desistance theory and the ‘strength based’ approach. Therefore, Nick intends to undertake empirical research to understand the experiences of offenders, who are subject to both polygraph testing and sex offender treatment, as well as the perceptions of groupwork facilitators involved in the treatment process.


  • Crime Prevention (Undergraduate Module)
  • Professional Studies in Security and Risk Management (Undergraduate module)
  • Issues in Criminal Justice (Postgraduate Module)
  • Crime and Penal Policy (Postgraduate option module)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Deputy Course Convenor on the Foundation Degree in Security and Risk Management
  • Course Tutor on the MSc Security and Risk Management


Janicki, N. (2015) ‘Should we worry about sex offender who deny their offences? A practitioner response’ Probation Journal, 62 (4), pp. 406-410.

Janicki, N. (2009) ‘Prosecuting inpatient violence: perceptions of staff, patients and others in a women's enhanced medium secure service’ The British Journal of Forensic Practice, 11 (4), pp. 27 – 38.

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