Nick Janicki


Teaching Fellow

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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 School since 2014 teaching across the School's undergraduate and postgraduate distance learning programmes. He also supervises dissertation students on a variety of topics. Nick is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

In 2016, Nick enrolled as a part-time PhD student under the supervision of Dr Sam King and Dr Isla Masson.


  • Crime Prevention (Undergraduate Module)
  • Professional Studies in Security and Risk Management (Undergraduate Module)
  • Understanding Security and Risk (Postgraduate Module)
  • Leadership and Management (Postgraduate Module)

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Course Tutor on the MSc Security and Risk Management
  • Student Engagement Lead for Distance Learning

Research Interests

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

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.


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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