BSC Learning and Teaching Network
- About the group
- National LTN Award
- Forthcoming Events
- Past Events
- Joining and staying in touch
- Contact the Network
Chair: Marty Chamberlain (Swansea University), Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Co-Chair: Dr Liz Frondigoun (University of the West of Scotland, Email: email@example.com)
The BSC Learning and Teaching Network (BSC LTN) is a collection of people within the criminology community who have an interest in the learning, teaching and assessment of criminology and criminal justice. This LTN is supported by a steering group to provide an opportunity to communicate, share, spread and develop new and exciting learning, teaching and assessment approaches within criminology. BSC LTN has its own website: https://bscltn.wordpress.com/
The BSC LTN aims to:
- be a vehicle for initiating contact or keeping in touch with colleagues across the discipline with a specific learning and teaching interest
- provide an opportunity for staff to connect their ideas and aspirations and develop their learning and teaching practice collaboratively with colleagues
- develop the BSC website to include sections of interest to those members teaching within the discipline
- look for opportunities to embed good practice at module, course and programme levels
- share resources, literature, example of practice from elsewhere
- work together to take forward particular areas of interest or projects
- look for opportunities to secure research or consultancy income
The 2017 award was presented to academics from the University of Derby. Charlotte Hargreaves, Head of Criminology, and Dr Michael Teague, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, were presented with the award by the BSC’s Nic Groombridge at the annual BSC conference hosted at Cutler’s Hall in Sheffield.
Commenting at the event, BSC Learning and Teaching Network prize co-ordinator Katie Strudwick, said: “This prestigious award reflects the excellent outstanding practice and innovation from the University of Derby in teaching Criminology.
“Their submission was truly innovative by acknowledging ‘excellence’ in relation to learning and teaching. Their significant contribution engages its students linking criminological theory to practice in comparative criminal justice – well done!”
Michael Teague added: “Our team has developed a range of international partnerships, including the Netherlands and USA, to enhance our teaching and research. International study trips are a powerful pedagogical tool which offer our students the sort of enriching experiences that are absolutely central to their learning.
“At Derby, we emphasise the application of criminology to real lives, and aim to foster our students’ engagement with rehabilitative and social justice. As staff, it is exhilarating for us to see our students repeatedly make links between complex theories of criminology and the daily lived realities of comparative systems.”
The National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice 2016
Award for Criminologist at Westminster
The BSC National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice 2016, is awarded annually at the BSC’s annual conference. This year the award is given to a criminologist located at the University of Westminster.
The award is intended to highlight and celebrate best practice and innovative pedagogic practices in criminology across higher education in the UK, and the criteria for nominations have been informed by the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning. David Manlow, Course Leader for Criminology, led the design and implementation of a challenging but creative curriculum which supports and embeds the wider University’s commitment to inclusivity and diversity amongst its student body, which includes higher than average numbers of students with learning needs or who are from non-traditional academic backgrounds.
The National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology and Criminal Justice 2018
This will be announced later in the year.
This award highlights and celebrates outstanding practice/innovative teaching in Criminology across HEIs in the UK and it is supported by the British Society of Criminology and SAGE.
Criminology at the Cutting Edge of the Curriculum
14 September, 2017 – University of Derby
Criminology, due to unprecedented changes in the social, economic and political landscapes, is experiencing new avenues of exploration in a range of new frontiers from: border control, positive criminology, new forms of cyber crime, green criminology, state crimes, celebrity and crime, public criminology etc… This event examined how such areas and many others are affecting the pedagogical practices, the learning and teaching methods, strategies, structures and assessments, in order to deliver a curriculum that is relevant and impactful to students.
Symposium on the impact of the TEF on Criminology
17 May 2017 at Leeds Beckett University
The symposium explored what the TEF involves and offered considerations for improving teaching quality and increasing student satisfaction.
Speakers included Professor John Craig (Dean of Social Sciences at Leeds Beckett University) and Dr Ben Brabon, Academic Lead (Arts & Humanities, Social Sciences), from the Higher Education Academy.
On the 8th September 2016 the BSC LTN hosted a one-day symposium called “Public Criminologies and Higher Education Pedagogies”.
The BSC Networks for Learning & Teaching and Victims joined forces to host a one day event at Sheffield Hallam University in November 2014 to explore and share good practice in the teaching of victimology. A ‘Storify’ of tweets from that event can be seen here: https://storify.com/Helen_Jones/teaching-victimology
Joining and staying in touch
See the BSC LTN website for regular updates and blog posts from group members. https://bscltn.wordpress.com/
Contact the Network
Nic Groombridge firstname.lastname@example.org
Websites of interest
CrimHappens – blog collates journal abstracts and presents a selection once per week: http://crimhappens.blogspot.co.uk/
Criminological Highlights provides summaries of findings that should be part of the “general education” of those interested in criminal justice policy. The project began in September 1997 by the Centre for Criminology and Sociolegal Studies at the University of Toronto. There is also a free subscription to their email distribution list. http://criminology.utoronto.ca/lib/criminological_highlights.html
Guide to Undergraduate Dissertations -help for you and your students: http://www.socscidiss.bham.ac.uk/
QAA Criminology Benchmark Statement – http://www.qaa.ac.uk/en/Publications/Documents/SBS-criminology-14.pdf