Discover Criminology at Keele

Welcome – and congratulations on your offer to study Criminology at Keele.
We’re really sorry we haven’t been able to meet you face to face at our Offer Holder Days this spring but we’re hoping you’ll find some useful information here – and that you’ll be inspired to come and join us in the autumn to study Criminology.

Criminology | Offer Holder Day PDF (594 KB) brochure

Criminology at Keele is the longest running undergraduate Criminology programme in the UK. We continue to offer a dynamic and cutting-edge programme that is constantly refreshed to make sure it continues to be relevant to the ever-changing landscape of crime and criminal justice. At Keele, you will learn from active criminological researchers who specialise in areas such as criminal justice, prisons, rehabilitation, community safety and a range of different forms of policing.

Criminology is a rapidly developing field which draws on insights and methods from disciplines such as law, social sciences, and psychology to explore crime, crime control and justice from a range of perspectives. You will examine such issues as the impact of crime on society and victims. You will be able to gain insights into how society responds to crime through systems of crime control, the workings of our criminal justice institutions, as well as through media representations. You will gain a critical understanding and detailed insight into the politics and development of criminal justice policy. You will learn about the nature and causes of crime and offending and explore the methods used to collect and analyse criminological data, vital skills for a future career in a range of sectors, including criminal justice.

Take a look round some of our materials below and meet some of our staff and students.

We've put together a few videos for you to watch, which we hope will give you valuable insight into studying Criminology at Keele:

Try out being a Criminology student:  we've put together a few taster videos for you to view, which we hope will give you a more in-depth look at our degree:

If you are interested in a bit of advance reading before you start your Criminology course at Keele, we can recommend the following book, which is required reading for CRI-10010 Understanding Crime (your first core module in the first year) and also provides a useful introduction to some of the material you will be covering in other first year modules in Criminology.

Carrabine, E., Cox, P., Lee, M., Plummer, K., & South, N. (2014) Criminology: A Sociological Introduction, 2nd edition. Abingdon: Routledge.

Our students have put together a few videos for you to view, to give you more of a students' perspective of studying Criminology at Keele:
 “Since graduating last July, I have been working in a low secure mental health hospital, particularly with those who have criminal offences and my degree has definitely been very handy! I help them with their tribunals, meetings and plans to move into the community and I really love my job. “
Rebecca, 2019 Criminology graduate
“The University’s employer links have led me to working for Staffordshire Youth Commission in a voluntary capacity. I now speak to young people to discuss their thoughts around crime in the area, to feed back to the Staffordshire Police and Crime Commissioner.”
Brittany Mycock, Keele Criminology and  Sociology graduate
“The Criminology department offered a supportive, inspiring and collegiate environment in which to learn.” 
Dr Charlotte Barlow, Lecturer in Criminology, Keele Criminology and Psychology Graduate and now at Lancaster University
“Studying Criminology has allowed me to explore new topics that I never thought I’d be interested in. From serial killers to representations of crime and criminals in ‘Orange is the New Black’, I’ve had the opportunity to study exactly what I wanted.”
Anika Keys, Keele Criminology Graduate
Understandably, you are probably thinking about life after University, as well as about the course you have chosen. Click the link below to see examples of employment sectors and typical jobs that are closely linked to a degree in Criminology.

Helen Wells Meet some of our Criminology staff seen here in our videos, who are all members of our team at Keele.  Our full School staff list is available to view here

Dr Helen Wells, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Hi, I’m Helen and I am currently busy researching roads policing, working with national organisations like the National Police Chiefs’ Council and the Department for Transport. Roads policing isn’t necessarily what you might think of as an obvious criminological topic, but I think it is an opportunity to think about lots of really interesting questions, like why some violent deaths seem to be taken more seriously than others, why some ‘law-abiding’ people will break the rules of the road (but not ALL the rules of the road) and how what we might think of as ‘traditional’ criminals rely on the roads to go about their business. Since starting at Keele as a lecturer in 2007 I have taught on modules including ‘Investigating Crime’, ‘Research Methods’, ‘Policing’ and the final year module ‘Risk and Criminal Justice'.

WATCH: Find out why Helen loves Criminology

WATCH: Here Helen discusses her work supporting the police with roads policing during the COVID-19 crisis

THINK:  How is technology helping or hindering socially-distanced policing?

Dr Tony Kearon, Senior Lecturer in Criminology 

Kearon_Tony I’m Tony, I’m the programme director for Criminology, and I also teach on a number of undergraduate modules in Criminology.  I teach the Criminal Justice module that all Criminology students take in the first year, as well as a popular year 1 option on the links between psychology and criminology.  I also teach the second year policing module, and most years I teach a third year module on why our society seems to be so fascinated by crime and criminals.  My main research interests are in policing, partnerships and community safety - in particular how we can get a range of different organisations and agencies working together effectively to prevent and reduce crime, divert  people away from offending behaviour and support vulnerable people, families and communities.  I’m a former chair of a community safety partnership, and have sat on various boards and committees advising the Police and other Criminal Justice agencies, so like many of my colleagues at Keele I am passionate about making sure that academic knowledge relates to the world ‘out there’ and that we make a difference.
THINK:  Here’s a piece in The Independant that Tony co-wrote with Ian Mahoney, who was one of our PhD students at Keele, about regenerating an urban area by selling homes for £1:  How can we regenerate urban areas where traditional mass employers have gone, leaving unemployment, crime and disorder? 
LISTEN:   Here’s Tony being interviewed on the radio about how Criminologists at Keele are working with the Police:


Girling_Evi  Dr Evi Girling, Senior Lecturer in Criminology


Hi, I'm Evi, and I was appointed as a Lecturer in Criminology at Keele in1997. I teach qualitative methods at both undergraduate and postgraduate level and offer a third year option on the Cultures of the Death Penalty. I am currently working on a major collaborative research project to explore the place and meaning of security in the everyday lives of people in Britain today. The three year project, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, is led by myself, and I am working with Professor Ian Loader from Oxford University, Professor Richard Sparks from Edinburgh University and Professor Ben Bradford, from University College London. Dr Gosia Polanska has joined us as a research associate on the project. Three of the team have conducted earlier versions of this study examining people’s fears and feelings towards crime and social order in Macclesfield which was published in a number of articles and in a book titled Crime and Social Order in Middle England: Questions of Order in an English Town. You can read more about the project via the link below. 

READ:  What does it mean to feel secure in Britain today PDF (582KB)

Dr Mary Corcoran, Reader in CriminologyCorcoran_Mary

"Hi I’m Mary, and I joined the Criminology programme at Keele University in September 2005. I teach or have recently taught on courses on penality (prisons and punishment theory); ethics in criminal justice; gender and social control; criminal justice policy; criminological theory; qualitative research methods.  I lead the third year module Prisons and Imprisonment and our innovative careers-focussed module Working for Justice, which integrates personal, career and academic development in a criminal justice context.

My research interests span prisons, resettlement and community-based justice; women in criminal justice; and civil society/voluntary sector actors in criminal justice.  My current research responds to changes in the relationship between markets, states and civil society and their consequences for criminal justice. My new edited book (with Kevin Albertson and Jake Phillips) on Marketisation & Privatisation in Criminal Justice is due in July 2020.”

LISTEN & THINK: Mary contributes to this podcast:  What would a world without prisons look like? 

READ:  about Mary’s work on partnerships in prisoner resettlement: EuroPris/Confederation of European Probation workshop on Interagency Partnership speech PDF (122KB)

Dr Anne-Marie Day, Lecturer in Criminology

Hi, I’m Anne-Marie and I was appointed as Criminology Lecturer in December 2019. Before this I completed a research study funded by the Nuffield Foundation on the pathways into and out of custody for children in care. I finished my PhD at the end of 2018, and it considers the pathways into offending for children in care. I’ve also taught a range of criminology and criminal justice modules in a number of different higher education institutions. Before this I spent many years working as a youth justice professional, giving me significant front-line practice and operational management experience. I also worked for the Youth Justice Board developing national youth justice policy in the areas of Prevent, Looked After Children, Domestic Abuse and Anti-Social Behaviour. I will be delivering a new level 6 module entitled ‘Youth Crime and Youth Justice’.

READ:  Anne-Marie’s work on ‌ PDF (595KB)

Dr Santiago Amietta, Lecturer in Criminology 

Santiago Abel Amietta Hi, I’m Santiago and I joined Criminology at Keele University in May 2019. Besides experiences at other British universities, I have held visiting research and teaching positions in Argentina, Chile and the Basque Country. At Keele I teach modules on punishment and on the global dimensions of crime and justice in contemporary times. My most recent research is on the introduction of lay participation to different spheres of criminal justice – and more broadly to spheres dominated by professional expertise. I have also conducted research on everyday law and justice, punitiveness and the neoliberal governance of crime, the legal professions and children's rights in carceral environments - with a continued regional focus on Latin America. I am also interested in qualitative research methods and in developing the potential for criminological and socio-legal research of critical contemporary perspectives as postcolonial theory, governmentality, legal consciousness and actor network theory.





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