Institute of Criminal Justice Studies

Student prizes

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:

  • Winner 2017: 2017, Sean Brennan, BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology. Dissertation Title: Cybercrime and the ‘Peelian Model’ of Policing: A Literature Review.
  • Winner 2016 (i): 2016, Eiríkur Valberg, BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation. Dissertation Title: True Detective: An Examination of Investigative Decision Making by the Icelandic Police.
    Winner 2016 (ii): 2016, Matthieu Petrigh, BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management. Dissertation Title: Examining the case for the compulsory reporting of security failure in UK.
  • Winner 2015: 2015, Stephen Clarke, BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology. Dissertation Title: Using Official Statistics on Crime and Criminal Justice in the European Union: Developing Robust Comparisons Between Jurisdictions.
  • Winner 2014: 2014, Colin Myers, BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management. Dissertation Title: The lack of senior women security practitioners in the private security sector, whether it would be beneficial to have more, and how it may be addressed.
  • Winner 2013: 2013, Andrew Boyce, BSc (Hons) Risk and Security Management. Dissertation Title: Does Management of Workplace Violence within the National Health Service Match Best Practice?
  • Winner 2012: 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.
  • Winner 2011: 2011, Shelley Dove, BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology. Dissertation Title: "Doubly deviant, doubly damned?: The Response to Violent Female Offenders."
  • Winner 2010: 2010, Pete Gartrell, BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology. Dissertation Title: "Does Tier 3 Significant Witness Interview Training Work?"
  • Winner 2009: 2009, Guy Collings, BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology. Dissertation Title: "A Review of Her Majesty's Inspectorates Assessments of Public Protection across the Police, Probation and Prison Services in the East Midlands."
  • Winner 2008: 2008, Caroline Bayliss, BSc (Hons) Crime and Criminology. Dissertation Title: "The Code of Practice for Victim’s of Crime: Rhetoric or Rights? An Analysis of the National Probation Service’s Statutory Obligations to Victims with a Particular Focus on a Critical Evaluation of the Sussex Probation Area’s Victim Contact Scheme."
  • Winner 2007: 2007, David Alford, BSc (Hons) Counter Fraud and Criminal Justice Studies. Dissertation Title: "Social Security Fraud in the Chat-Line Industry: A Critical Review."