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Terry Gillespie

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

School of Social Sciences

Staff Group(s)


Terry set up the BA (Hons) Criminology in 1994 and was the first course leader of this successful course. Terry teaches on a range of core and optional modules on both the BA (Hons) Criminology and MA Criminology.

Head of the Criminology division from 1998-2000.

Chair of the School of Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee (SREC) As Chair of SREC Terry is responsible for overseeing the ethical approval of undergraduate and taught postgraduate students’ research across the School.

Deputy Chair of the College of Business, Law and Social Sciences Ethics Committee (CREC). The CREC approves ethics applications for doctoral and staff research projects.

Member of School of Social Sciences Research Committee.

Career overview

Terry has taught and researched in the sociology of crime and gender and crime respectively for 25 years, originally at the University of Portsmouth and since 1991 at Nottingham Trent University.

Her publications have primarily been in the field of gender and violence, in particular rape and sexual assault and multi-agency working.

Terry is a qualitative researcher and has a particular interest in social science research ethics.

She has supervised doctoral research in the fields of prostitution and domestic violence.

Research areas

Terry's Research interests include:

  • Social research ethics
  • Gender and violence
  • Rape and sexual assault (including policing and support services)
  • Domestic violence (including policing and support services)
  • Prostitution (including policing and support services)
  • Honour based violence
  • Gender and offending behaviour
  • Sociology of crime

Recent Research Projects:

Terry Gillespie and Kristan Hopkins Burke were successful in their bid in 2011 for an NTU SPUR award, working with a second year BSc. Psychology with Criminology student on a research project exploring the nature of honour based violence and the local multi-agency response (report published December, 2011 and available in the NTU Boots library).

Terry, Kristan and Christopher Crowther-Dowey are currently engaged (since 2012) on a joint project with the Nottingham Drugs and Crime Partnership (joint police and city council initiative) examining young people's perceptions of domestic abuse and healthy relationships in an economically deprived area of Nottinghamshire. The Firebreak Project aims to evaluate the impact of a range of interventions, focusing on an inter-generational and community 'firebreak' in order to aid desistance from domestic abuse.

As part of this ongoing project we bid for a SPUR student and were, again, successful with a student from BA Criminology working with us over the summer of 2013 recording interviews with young people.

External activity

  • Member of Professional Ethics Committee, British Society of Criminology, (2013-).
  • Member British Society of Criminology.
  • External Examiner for BA Criminology, Manchester Metropolitan University (2014-).
  • External Examiner for M.Res. University of Derby, (2014).
  • External examiner for BSc. Criminology at Teesside University (1999-2003).
  • Associate Editor on the Internet Journal of Criminology.
  • Reviewer ESRC research proposals, together with book and journal articles.
  • Secretary and Convenor roles for the British Sociological Association Violence Against Women Study Group (1990-2008).

Sponsors and collaborators

  • Nottingham City Council
  • Nottingham Drugs and Crime Partnership
  • Equation (formerly Nottingham Domestic Violence Forum)


Journal Articles:

Griffiths, M.D., Miller, H., Sparrow, P. and Gillespie, T., (1998). Internet usage and "Internet addiction" in students and its implications for student learning. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 15, pp. 89-91.

Gillespie, T., (1995). Feminist research: reclaiming objectivity. Research Policy and Planning, 12 (2), pp. 23-25.


Lupton, C. and Gillespie, T., eds., (1994). Working with Violence. Basingstoke: Macmillan.

Book Chapters:

Gillespie, T., (2000). Virtual violence?: Pornography and violence against women on the Internet in J. Radford, M. Friedberg and L. Harne, eds., Women, Violence and Strategies for Action. Buckingham: Open University Press, 2000.

Gillespie, T., (1996). Rape Crisis Centres and Male Rape: a face of the backlash in M. Hester, L. Kelly and J. Radford, eds., Women, Violence and Male Power. Buckingham: Open University Press, 1996.

Gillespie, T., (1994). Under pressure: Rape Crisis Centres, Multi-Agency Work and Strategies for Survival in C. Lupton and T. Gillespie, eds., Working with Violence. Basingstoke: Macmillan, 1994.


Gillespie, T., Hopkins-Burke, K. and Mellett, J., (2011) Honour based Violence and the Multi-Agency Approach in Nottingham: response of local agencies to honour based violence. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University.

Gillespie, T., Hopkins-Burke, K. and Mellett, J., (2011) Honour based Violence and the Multi-Agency Approach in Nottingham: response of local agencies to honour based violence. Nottingham: Nottingham Trent University.

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