Professor Simon Holdaway Inaugural Lecture

The Slow Race for Change: Ethnic Minority Officers in UK Constabularies

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In his inaugural lecture, Professor Simon Holdaway will discuss his extensive research about the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) police officers in the UK. This research, spanning more than a decade, is based on interviews with serving officers throughout England and Wales.

  • From: Thursday 12 February 2015, 5.30 pm
  • To: Thursday 12 February 2015, 7.30 pm
  • Location: Lecture Theatre 1, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU

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The Slow Race for Change: Ethnic Minority Officers in UK Constabularies

Despite changes advocated by successive governments, especially after the publication of the Stephen Lawrence Inquiry Report, ethnic minority officers still form a small percentage of the police workforce. Why has this situation persisted for so long and why does it matter? Is it because members of ethnic minorities are reluctant to join the police? Maybe the explanation lies elsewhere, not least in discrimination experienced by officers working in constabularies?

In this public lecture Professor Simon Holdaway discusses his extensive research about the experiences of Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) police officers in the UK. This research, spanning more than a decade, is based on interviews with serving officers throughout England and Wales. He will describe changes in their views of understanding their experiences of being police officers and, crucially, of being black and minority ethnic police officers.

Simon Holdaway, Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences

Simon left school at 16 and served as a police officer for eleven years. During this time he was seconded to undergraduate study at Lancaster University. After graduation he returned to his force and began unique doctoral fieldwork. While working as a sergeant, for two years he kept a covert diary of routine police work, subsequently publishing Inside the British Police: A Force at Work, the first study of the police occupational culture, which has become a classic.

After his two years fieldwork he was appointed as lecturer in sociology at Sheffield University and, subsequently, Professor of Sociology and Criminology in the School of Law. His last post at Sheffield was Head of the School of Law.

Apart from his research about police culture he has also written four books and many academic papers about aspects of race relations within constabularies. Further research has been about youth justice teams and the governance of the probation service.

Based in exploration of social theory, Simon's publications have informed national police policy and inquiries into aspects of policing. He wrote, for example, the Commission for Racial Equalities' evidence to the Lawrence Inquiry and was advisor to the Commission of the Future of Multi-Ethic Britain. He has undertaken work for many constabularies in the UK, European and Canadian police forces. National and local media frequently ask him to comment on subjects of criminological interest.

Simon is an elected Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. In 2012 he was honoured to be cited as one of a small group of scholars who have been pioneers of police research across the globe.

Simon Holdaway joined NTU as Professor of Criminology in 2010, working on research and professional development within the School of Social Sciences.

Programme

  • 5.30 pm Registration, drinks reception with canapés
  • 6 pm Inaugural lecture in Newton Lecture Theatre 1
  • 7.30 pm Close

Booking information

This event is free to attend. To book your place, please email Timinjeet Sandhu or call +44 (0)115 848 2565.

The deadline for bookings is Monday 2 February 2015. When making your booking, please provide your name, contact details and specify any dietary and special access requirements.

Location details

Room/Building:

Lecture Theatre 1, Newton building, Main Entrance

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street
Nottingham
NG1 4BU

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