I’m originally from Birmingham and lived there my entire life until recently moving to Swansea to undertake my new role of tutor of criminology at the University.

I completed my undergraduate degree in Youth Communities and Families at the University of Birmingham part-time whilst working in a mentoring capacity with young people alongside work within the special educational needs sector supporting students with additional needs. After this I embarked upon completing my Masters in Criminology at Birmingham City University and also began work with the Youth Offending Team Sandwell, working with a wide array of young people from vast multi-cultural backgrounds.

This led me to work as a Visiting Lecturer at Birmingham City University where my role included delivering lectures/seminars and supporting students with any pastoral issues. After a year of this role I wanted to challenge myself in a greater way and this lead me to gaining full time employment at Swansea University where the next exciting chapter of my career begins.

Publications

  1. & Benjamin’s ‘flâneur’ and serial murder: An ultra-realist literary case study of Levi Bellfield. Crime, Media, Culture: An International Journal, 174165901881593

Teaching

  • ASC108 Employability and Personal Development

    This module introduces students to the skills, qualities and attributes needed in applying for jobs, including how to recognise and make the most of their experiences, reflecting on their learning, knowledge and how to market themselves effectively in all aspects of the application process. It also provides specific information about a number of organisations both inside and external to the criminal justice system which might offer suitable careers. The content will be delivered by Swansea Employability Academy, Criminology staff and representatives from external organisations. The assessment for the module is also linked to the Swansea Employability Academy Bronze award.

  • ASC109 Foundations in Research

    This module is intended to give students a foundation in research methods that are relevant to the study of Criminology. Teaching will focus on current issues in criminology and criminal justice, notably research led by staff within the Criminology Department, and, through the module, students will be encouraged to gather and assess a wide range of information from a variety of sources, including; criminology books, journal articles, the Internet and the media in order to understand important themes in Criminology and Criminal Justice and the different ways they are presented. The module is intended to be challenging and thought-provoking, providing an opportunity for students to broaden perspectives, deepen understanding of contemporary criminal justice issues and to consolidate and apply research-related skills that they have thus far learnt during their studies. .

  • ASC112 An Introduction to the Criminal Justice System

    The module focuses on the following: ¿ The historical development of the Criminal Justice System (CJS) in England & Wales from the 18th century to the present day ¿ The agencies & services that make up the CJS ¿ How criminal justice policy is formulated ¿ government, criminal justice agencies & pressure groups ¿ Links between the study of criminology, law & social policy ¿ Definitions & patterns of crime & how it is recorded & reported ¿ Official statistics, their uses & shortcomings & other sources ¿ The concept of `victim¿ definitions and typologies and the CJS approach to victims.

  • ASC212 Criminological Theory: Content and Application

    This module provides students with an understanding of criminology as a theoretical and applied discipline. Therefore, the module analyses criminological theories of crime and deviance, and explores the application of the theories in real life cases. The module analyses competing orthodox, critical and realist theories and perspectives. It is delivered through interactive sessions that give students the opportunity to evaluate the extent to which each of the theories applies in real life cases. Students are guided through the processes of applying each theory to topical and sometimes contentious crimes, acts of deviance, and punishments. By applying the theories to real life cases, students have the opportunity to evaluate the competing theories, their limitations, their contributions as explanations of crime and deviance, and their impact on crime control policies.

  • ASC213 Dissertation Preparation

    This module is compulsory for Criminology and Criminal Justice students and available to joint Social Policy students. It will be delivered via a series of 10 lectures over a 5 week period in TB2. The module builds on the knowledge and skills gained form the ASC208: Research Methods module and introduces students to the research and essay writing skills required to produce a dissertation in Higher Education. A mixture of lecturer-led and independent learning methods will be used to prepare students for the task of completing their dissertation. Emphasis will be placed on individual and group work; and the development of skills in critical evaluation and higher-order learning.

  • ASC218 Media, Crime & Criminal Justice

    The media is seen as both shaping and reflecting modern culture; it is also the primary public source of information about crime, criminals and criminal justice. This module focuses on some of the key debates surrounding the relationship between media portrayals of crime, and criminal behaviour and criminal justice policy. What impact does the media have on public perceptions and attitudes regarding crime and criminal justice? Or on criminal justice policy-making? Why is crime news reported in the way that it is? Does exposure to violence in the media increase the likelihood of its commission by the viewer? These questions and many others will be addressed as the module explores the portrayal of crime and criminal justice in both factual and fictional formats

  • ASC219 Leadership and Management in Social Justice

    This module provides an understanding of the role of leaders and managers in the arena of social justice. It develops a critical insight into a complex multi-disciplinary landscape and provides students with the opportunity to develop transferable skills for professional practice. The principal focus is on professional development, however skills for effective leadership and management are explored in the context of organisational cultures and processes.

  • ASCM19 Young People and Youth Justice

    This module will provide students with a critical and thorough knowledge of youth justice and critical issues that are facing the youth justice system and those who come into contact with it. Through the module, the ways that law, policy and practice have evolved to enable forms of 'youth justice' will be explored, with a focus upon providing not just theoretical perspectives, but understandings of the way that 'youth justice' operates in an applied context.

  • ASCM28 Case Studies in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology

    The module examines key issues in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology by examining a series of case studies, presented by the people who actually did the research. The focus is on how and why the researchers chose the particular methodologies and strategies used; how these choices were influenced by ethical concerns and the interests of research subjects; what constraints and pressures were created by resource limitations or the expectations and agendas of research funders (for example, the Home Office); and, where relevant, the impact of the research on researchers themselves, and the impact on the research role of researchers¿ own values and concerns or their advocacy of particular policies.