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Children with a parent in prison

28 Jun

A new scoping exercise is assessing the extent of research and work being done with children who have a parent in prison. The survey is part of a project – National Advocacy and Research Strategy to support Children Affected by Parental Imprisonment – being undertaken by Dr Fiona Donson and Dr Aisling Parkes (School of Law, University College Cork), the Irish Penal Reform Trust and the Children’s Rights Alliance. The project is funded by the Irish Research Council.

Take Part:

There are two surveys – one for academics or researchers who are researching children with a parent in prison, and one for practitioners/NGO/professions working with children with a parent in prison.

Both surveys are below – please complete and pass along to anyone you think this applies to!

Survey – Those researching children with a parent in prison:

Survey – Those working with children with a parent in prison (practitioner/NGO):


‘Crime, Justice and Society’ – Free online course from the University of Sheffield

26 May
‘Crime, Justice and Society’ is a free 7-week course from the University of Sheffield.
Utilising the skills, knowledge and experience of 10 leading academics from the School of Law, the course is an expansion of the University’s commitment to open access, digital learning and explores the judicial system of Great Britain and the wider world.
Hashtag: #FLcrime
Twitter: @Shefunionline

Lecturer in Criminology – Maynooth

21 Apr

Maynooth University’s Department of Law is recruiting a Lecturer in Criminology – closing date Sunday 30th April. More details are available on the website, some information below.

The Department of Law is seeking to recruit to a key academic post designed to contribute to its NEW BCL (Law and Criminology) programme, as well as its ongoing MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The Role


Candidates should have an excellent broad knowledge of criminological theory and criminal justice, and a specialist knowledge in either policing or youth justice/offending.

The person appointed will have a proven record of teaching, research and publication, appropriate to career stage. He/she will be expected to make a strong contribution to the teaching mission of the Department and undertake teaching duties on the Department’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes as well as the supervision of Master’s and PhD students.

The appointee will be expected to build a strong research profile that supports the University’s research strategy, including affiliating to the Research Institutes, where appropriate, and working with colleagues on national and international research. The appointee will be expected to sustain and conduct research, engage in scholarship of quality and substance, and generate publications of international standard.

Criminology at Maynooth: New Programmes!

21 Apr

Maynooth University Department of Law announces new suite of undergraduate Criminology Programmes

Following the launch of the MA in Comparative Criminology & Criminal Justice (continuing in 2017/18), Maynooth University Department of Law is now introducing exciting new opportunities to study criminology at undergraduate level.

As Ireland’s youngest and fastest growing law school, we bring a fresh approach to the study of crime, incorporating perspectives from a wide range of other disciplines such as sociology, psychology, and economics. At Maynooth, we offer a unique opportunity to study Criminology as part of a broad based Arts degree, or in combination with Law as a BCL degree.

Arts: study Criminology with up to 3 other subjects in first year (including law, psychology, economics, sociology) . In second and third year, continue with a BA in Criminology in combination with another of your subjects.

BCL (Law and Criminology): study criminology and law in equal measure for each of the 3 years of your degree.

In either case, be taught by leading international experts in the field with research interests in prisons, terrorism, comparative criminal justice, human trafficking, the death penalty, and mental health, and avail of the opportunity to:

  • think about crime using real life examples;
  • develop strong research, writing and analytical skills which are useful for most career paths;
  • broaden your career prospects into the criminal justice world, opening up potential careers in the Gardaí, security services, data analytics, probation, prison service, civil service, research institutes, and NGOs;
  • apply for work placements and study abroad.

You will take modules from a wide range of disciplines during your degree, opening you up to a variety of challenging perspectives on the nature of crime, criminal behaviour, and the criminal justice system. You will gain perspectives from psychology, law, economics, sociology, anthropology, and more.

Topics studied include:

  • The meaning of crime and criminal justice
  • The causes of crime and responses to it
  • The workings of the criminal justice system
  • Crime and the media
  • Youth Justice
  • Policing
  • Sentencing and punishment
  • White collar crime
  • Personality and crime
  • The Economics of crime
  • Psychology and criminal behaviour
  • Drugs and crime 

    These unique programmes will be available from September 2017. For more details contact:

Griffins Society Research Fellowship – Women & Girls in the Criminal Justice System

23 Mar

The Griffins Society is currently offering a research FELLOWSHIP for persons who wish to research an aspect of women and girls in the criminal justice system.

Griffins Research Fellows carry out their year-long research projects alongside their employment; they receive support from the Society and from our partners, the Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge; the Society provides a modest research grant and travel bursary and we help with promoting Fellows’ findings at the end of the Fellowship.

Six Fellowships are available for 2017-­‐18, five of which can be on any aspect of the treatment of women or girls in the criminal justice system. The other is being offered in conjunction with the Barrow Cadbury Trust.

To apply, please email the Director Chris Leeson (

The closing date for applications is Noon, Monday 12th June

Carceral Bodies: Intersectionality and Prison Health

10 Mar

Call for Abstracts

The Graduate School in association with the School of Social Sciences, Education and Social Work are pleased to host the next Prison Health Research Network Event in Queens’ University Belfast. The symposium will take place on 20th June 2017 in the Graduate School, Queen’ University Belfast. This event will provide a platform for PhD and early career researchers to present their work and get critical feedback from both academic peers and practitioners working in the area of prison health.

A prize will be awarded on the day for the best paper presented, as judged by the guest speakers.

Guest speakers include:

Dr Michelle Templeton, Queen’s University Belfast, who will present a recent evaluation on ‘If I were Jack’ – a Relationships and Sexuality Education Programme which took place in Northern Ireland Prisons.

Dr Nicola Carr, University of Nottingham, who will present findings of a recent study which explored the sexual health needs of LGBT prisoners in Irish prisons.

We welcome papers from both PhD Researchers and early career researchers focusing broadly in the area of health and wellbeing in prison. Suggested themes include; intersections in the health and wellbeing needs of prison populations, lifestyles and interventions, healthcare provision and improved practice.

There is no cost associated with attendance at the symposium and lunch will be provided. Places are limited and early registration is advised to avoid disappointment. Registration for the event will open via Eventbrite on 31th March 2017, a reminder email will be sent out on this date.

Abstract Specification:

Deadline: Monday 27th March 2017

  • Length 250 – 300 word document including:
  1. Full name (s);
  2. Title; and
  3. Institutional affiliation.

Please forward abstract submissions to



Prison and Justice Conference

10 Jan

The Prison and Justice Conference will take place at Queen’s University Belfast on 13th March 2017.

The conference will provide a forum for academics, practitioners, post-graduate researchers in the fields of criminology and cognate disciplines to enhance knowledge through disseminating research and discussing the challenges facing the prison and justice system today.

The call-for-abstracts is now open. The proposed themes for this conference include but are not limited to:

  • Restorative Justice
  • Prisoner Well-Being
  • Prison Education
  • Women in Prison
  • Trauma

If you would like to be considered for an oral or poster presentation, please submit a short abstract (max. 300 words), which should include a title, name and institutional/organisational affiliation by February 3rd. Notification of acceptance will be provided soon after. Please submit to

Please note that there is no registration fee for this conference, however, delegates must register in advance.

If you require further information or have any queries regarding this event, please contact us on: