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School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Explore the pioneering work we're doing within our School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

The School of Criminology and Criminal Justice was founded in 1992 and is internationally-recognised for its study of crime, its causes, and the societal and personal impact it has. We're the largest criminology department in the UK and we have interdisciplinary expertise in criminological analysis, applied psychology, policing, community justice, penology, risk, security and international and comparative criminal justice.

Our courses and research range from criminology and criminal justice, to counter fraud, forensics, criminal psychology and cybercrime.

    Our mission

    • To enhance and develop knowledge and understanding in the field of criminal justice and criminological studies
    • To further the development of human rights, equal opportunities, integrity and fair treatment within criminal justice and related areas
    • To further the development of democratic governance and accountabilities within criminal justice and related agencies
    • To promote the interests of disadvantaged communities and groups discriminated against, by and within, criminal justice and related areas
    • To promote the development of professionalism and professionalisation within criminal justice and related agencies

    Teaching

    We provide high quality teaching programmes and facilities, with our well-qualified teaching staff who all have, or are working towards, Fellowship of AdvanceHE.

    We have secured strategic investment for the piloting and evaluation of technology enhanced active learning within our undergraduate campus courses.

    We're also the main provider of Trainee Probation Officer education in England and Wales, and in 2019 we secured contracts to deliver Police Constable Degree Apprenticeships and degree holder conversion programmes for Hampshire, Sussex and Surrey police (with consortium partners).

    We use the latest technologies to deliver eLearning via dedicated tablets combined with Masterclass sessions, and many of our teaching staff are leading research academics in their fields.

    We also work closely with the School of Education and Sociology in the delivery of combined honours courses with Criminology, and with Portsmouth Law School.

    To explore the full range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees we offer, visit the Criminology and forensic studies subject area page. You can also read about our short courses and CPD programmes in criminal justice studies, or find postgraduate research opportunities on our Criminology postgraduate research degrees page.

    Facilities

    The school invests in and engages with the latest technology to support our teaching and learning. We're home to facilities including:

    • The Forensic Innovation Centre
    • Hydra Immersive Learning Suite
    • Forensic Interviewing Suite
    • Technology Enhanced Active Learning

    Research

    We have a strong international reputation for research and innovation, which feeds into our teaching and makes a positive impact on society. 

    Areas of expertise

    Explore the work we're doing across seven areas of expertise in our Criminology research.

    Economic crime

    We’re looking at economic crime, assessing the methods used to combat it, and developing new ways to protect individuals and organisations from fraud, corruption, money laundering and intellectual property crime.
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    Cybercrime and cybersecurity

    We're exploring the growing threat and impact cybercrime at all levels of society, investigating the methods and motives of the people who commit it, and finding new ways to deal with them.
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    Forensic interviewing

    We're exploring new and better ways to gather quality, reliable information from crime scenes and witnesses' minds – and helping develop protocols and practices that ensure this human data is protected and interpreted correctly.
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    Forensic science

    We're taking a closer look at how science can help identify, eliminate, reconstruct and inform the ways in which crime is investigated – including through fingerprinting and DNA recovery.
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    Missing persons

    We're identifying patterns of behaviour that precede a person going missing and working to change the policies and practices that determine how such cases are handled.
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    Probation, prison and penology

    We're working to understand the role of punishment, and how it links with processes of justice and rehabilitation – and helping shape how criminal justice practitioners work, by linking theory to practice.
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    Policing

    In the wake of a prolonged period of budget cuts, our work deals with the most-pressing issues facing the police service – from how police officers learn, to the individual factors that can influence an investigation.
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    Our research centres

    Much of our exceptional research takes place within the following cross-disciplinary research centres – find out more below.

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    Dr Paul Smith

    Interim Head of School

    Paul1.Smith@port.ac.uk

    School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    PhD Supervisor

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    Dr Nick Pamment

    Principal Lecturer

    Nick.Pamment@port.ac.uk

    School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    PhD Supervisor

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    Mrs Claire Rhodes

    Associate Dean (Academic)

    Claire.Rhodes@port.ac.uk

    School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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    Dr Andy Williams

    Principal Lecturer

    Andy.Williams@port.ac.uk

    School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

    PhD Supervisor

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    Contact us

    To get in touch, please contact our Faculty office.

    Phone: +44 (0)23 9284 2992

    Email: hss-enquiries@port.ac.uk