National teaching award for University's criminology team

A national award which aims to highlight and celebrate best practice in criminology teaching has been won by Nottingham Trent University.

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The award was presented at the British Society for Criminology's annual conference

A national award which aims to highlight and celebrate best practice in criminology teaching has been won by Nottingham Trent University.

Staff from the University's criminology team were presented with the National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology at the British Society of Criminology's annual conference at Plymouth University on 1 July. The award was presented by Dr Marty Chamberlain, from the executive committee of the BSC and Chair of the BSC learning and teaching network.

The award, supported by SAGE and the Higher Education Academy, is given to the individual or team which judges feel have contributed most to the positive learning experience of criminology students during the current academic year.

Nottingham Trent University's BA (Hons) criminology degree – one of the first undergraduate degrees of its kind to be taught in the UK – is run from within the University's Sociology Division.

Students undertake a ‘service learning placement module' which sees them complete a focused piece of research or a period of voluntary work for an external organisation – such as the police, charities or housing authorities.

And last year the University introduced a new ‘policing pathway', which enabled students to be recruited as special constables during the course. The innovative collaboration means undergraduates can tailor their learning by choosing to apply for the pathway early in their first year, if successfully accepted as a special constable by Nottinghamshire Police.

Special constables are volunteer officers who have the same powers as regular officers and undertake a variety of tasks such as serving warrants, vehicle checks, town centre patrols and neighbourhood policing.

We pride ourselves on innovating and thinking differently and are absolutely delighted that our work has been recognised in this way

Dr Jason Pandya-Wood, Nottingham Trent University

The criminology degree gives students the chance to examine crime and law and order from a number of perspectives.

"We pride ourselves on innovating and thinking differently and are absolutely delighted that our work has been recognised in this way," said Dr Jason Pandya-Wood, Head of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University.

He said: "This is a major award for the team and their continued efforts to ensure criminology can make a real difference – not just for the students themselves, but to the wider world."

The 2015 British Society for Criminology conference – Criminology: Voyages of Criminal Discovery – will be attended by more than 250 of the world's foremost thinkers in the fields of criminology and criminal justice.

It will include keynote addresses by leading academics from the UK, United States and Australia, as well as workshops and discussion groups tackling a range of topical subjects.

  • Notes for editors

    The British Society of Criminology aims to further the interests and knowledge of both academic and professional people who are engaged in any aspect of work or teaching, research or public education about crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal justice systems in the United Kingdom. The Society has been in existence for 50 years and has a wide-ranging membership based here and overseas.

    Founded 50 years ago by Sara Miller McCune to support the dissemination of usable knowledge and educate a global community, SAGE is a leading international publisher of innovative, high-quality content. SAGE publishes more than 800 journals and over 800 new books each year, spanning a wide range of subject areas. A growing selection of library products includes archives, data, case studies, conference highlights and video. SAGE remains majority owned by our founder and after her lifetime will become owned by a charitable trust that secures the company's continued independence. Principal offices are located in Los Angeles, London, New Delhi, Singapore, Washington DC and Boston.

National teaching award for University's criminology team

Published on 2 July 2015
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