Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
A special prize for distance learning undergraduate students is given each year to the student who produces the most innovative and well argued dissertation and is judged by a panel of staff from ICJS.
This is known as the Tom Williamson Memorial Prize.
Dr Tom Williamson was a senior police officer in both the Metropolitan and Nottinghamshire police forces. He was also one of the pioneers behind the establishment of the Institute of Criminal Justice in 1992. Tom was not only a senior police officer and a renowned detective, he was also an academic who undertook leading research on police interview techniques. He is best remembered for his efforts in encouraging criminal investigators to use psychologically tested methods and to run police interviews with suspects not as the search for confessions but rather a 'search for the truth'. Tom passed away in February 2007 but we are delighted to honour his name with the annual award of this prize.
ICJS Tom Williamson Memorial Prize Winners:
2012, Andrea Holland-Clarke, BSc (Hons) Counter Fraud and Criminal Justice Studies. Dissertation Title: Assessing beliefs to verbal and non-verbal cues: potential for lie detection in cases of benefit fraud.
2011, Shelley Dove, BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology. Dissertation Title: "Doubly deviant, doubly damned?: The Response to Violent Female Offenders."
2010, Pete Gartrell, BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology. Dissertation Title: "Does Tier 3 Significant Witness Interview Training Work?"
2007, David Alford, BSc (Hons) Counter Fraud and Criminal Justice Studies. Dissertation Title: "Social Security Fraud in the Chat-Line Industry: A Critical Review."