UNIVERSITY OF WALES, BANGOR


      Chair / Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice or
                      Criminology and Law

                              (Ref no: 07-6/175)

Job description

   1. Title: Chair/Reader in Criminology and Criminal Justice or Criminology and

   2. Location: the School of Social Sciences, within the College of Business,
      Social Sciences and Law, University of Wales, Bangor.

   3. Main purpose: to provide academic leadership, produce internationally
      excellent research and publications, and provide teaching and supervision
      in relevant fields.

   4. Work relationships: the person appointed will lead the subject group in
      Criminology & Criminal Justice in collaboration with colleagues in the
      School of Social Sciences, the School of Law and other Schools.

   5. Reporting: the Lecturer will be responsible via the Head of the School of
      Social Sciences to the Head of the College of Business, Social Sciences
      and Law.

Person specification

                 Essential                              Desirable

Qualifications         Qualifications in a Social
                        Science subject and/or Law
                        to PhD or equivalent level

Experience             An active and internationally        A record of securing
                        excellent research and                external research grant
                        publications profile in a             funding
                        relevant field
                                                             Record of successful
                       Substantial higher education          supervision of research
                        teaching experience in                students
                        relevant areas
                                                             Experience of course
                                                              innovation and validation
                                                              at postgraduate level

Personal               Excellent academic                   Readiness to work in a
qualities               leadership skills evidenced           multidisciplinary
                        by some or all of the                 academic environment
                        following: research
                        coordination and
                        management, course
                        development, departmental
                        administration, professional
                        development activities

Other                  Fluency in English                   Research or teaching
                                                              experience outside the
                       Sympathetic appreciation of           UK
                        the bilingual and bicultural
                        character of modern Wales            Ability to communicate
                                                              through the medium of

University of Wales Bangor
School of Social Sciences



The post represents an exciting opportunity to play a leading role in the further
development of Criminology and Law at the University of Wales Bangor.
Criminology is a well established subject in the Social Sciences and Bangor
Law School is Wales’ newest law school, established in 2004. The University is
in a key phase of its development as it aims to strengthen its position among the
UK’s research-intensive universities. It has recently given high strategic priority
to a major expansion of teaching and research in the College of Business,
Social Sciences and Law and it has made a significant investment in the already
well established School of Social Sciences, which includes Criminology and
Criminal Justice. We have recently filled new appointments at all levels and we
are seeking to appoint a highly motivated senior colleague who will help to
consolidate our success and work in cooperation with colleagues in the
expanding Law School as well as in the School of Social Sciences.

The University has developed strategies and structures to deliver higher levels of
multidisciplinary integration of both teaching and research. The College of
Business, Social Sciences and Law (1100 Students, 80 Staff) provides the
overall context for the new developments, which include a number of major
projects including the further expansion of the Law School, a £14m Management
Development Centre (MDC) and strategic investment in Social Sciences. Staff
numbers will grow commensurately, and the research presence will be
significantly strengthened. There are very good opportunities for collaboration
between, for example, Criminology and Law, Social Sciences, Business and
Finance. Within this new environment there is enormous potential for an
innovative scholar and researcher who wishes to develop a unique reputation for
the study of criminology and criminal justice.

The position

The individual appointed to the Chair or Readership will have a strategic vision,
show strong academic leadership and have the ability to develop the School’s
current research profile. They will enhance the reputation of Criminology and
Criminal Justice through promoting and delivering high quality research and
teaching. The appointment will be made either to a position in Criminology and
Law or to a position in Criminology and Criminal Justice. This is in order to leave
open the option of recruiting an individual from a law background with an interest

in working closely with colleagues in the School of Law in socio-legal areas or
criminal law, or someone with a stronger affiliation to social sciences. Ideally, the
appointee will have qualifications and research expertise (at international level) in
legal subjects as well as criminology, allowing him or her to develop Bangor’s
research and teaching profile through interdisciplinary collaboration. As a joint
appointment in Social Sciences and Law the post would build on strengths in
socio-legal areas such as the criminal justice process and comparative legal
systems. Teaching could include contributions to the new LLM programme. If the
focus is primarily on organization and governance of criminal justice, the post
may be offered in Social Sciences with more emphasis on criminological topics
and contributions to the MA in Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice.

The School of Social Sciences

The School celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. Created as the Department
of Social Theory and Institutions in 1966, the School of Social Sciences took its
present name in 2000. It is located in the University’s Main Arts Building which
has been described as the finest building of its era in North Wales. The
department has a strong record of course innovation and development in
professional training. In addition to Criminology and Criminal Justice there are
degree programmes in Health and Social Care, Social Policy (joint honours),
Social Work and Sociology. Combined degrees are available in all these
subjects with the exception of Social Work. The School admits about 180
students per year to undergraduate degree schemes, including 50 to the BA in
Social Work. The School also works in partnership with the University of Wales
Newport to deliver Probation training across Wales. There are significant
opportunities for learning through the medium of Welsh and bilingually. Degree
schemes at Bangor are fully modularized and undergraduate students take 120
credits in each year of study, divided between two semesters.

At postgraduate level, the School offers the MA in Comparative Criminology and
Criminal Justice. The generic components of social science research training
are common to the taught MA programmes across the School. About 15
students per year are admitted to postgraduate taught courses and research
degrees in Criminology, Social Policy and Sociology. The School has ESRC 1 +
3 research training recognition for the MA in Social Research and Social Policy.

The School is currently headed by Professor Howard Davis and comprises 18
members of academic staff and 5 support staff. The Criminology and Criminal
Justice subject group includes: Dr Julia Wardhaugh (Senior Lecturer); lecturers
Dr S K (Preet) Nijhar, Dr Stefan Machura and Ms Martina Feilzer; and teaching
associates Ms Eva Johnsson and Mrs Ann McLaren JP. Professor Stephen
Hester is a sociologist with research interests in the sociology of deviance.

The School’s existing strengths are in internationally comparative and
qualitative approaches and the successful candidate will be willing to share this
emphasis and work in the multidisciplinary environment of the School and the
College (where there is excellent capacity for quantitative work). For example,
candidates who have expertise in cultural criminology, ethnography or
ethnomethodological and conversation analytic approaches to crime and
criminal justice would have opportunities to work closely with sociologists in the
School. An interest in areas related to ageing, social exclusion, health and rural-
urban comparisons would complement work in social policy. There are also
good prospects for collaboration in the areas of finance and banking, a centre of
research excellence in the Business School.

The School of Law
Qualifying training leading to the LLB was introduced at Bangor in September
2004, supported by major investment from the University in staff, learning
resources and support costs. The first students were admitted to the Law School
in 2004 and will graduate this year. There are currently about fifty students in the
final year, sixty in the second year and ninety in the first year. A postgraduate
LL.M is being validated and the first postgraduate research students are being
admitted. The undergraduate LL.B schemes have been validated as Qualifying
Law Degrees, and tutorials in all of the foundation subjects are provided in
English or Welsh at the individual student’s choice.

Professor Thomas Glyn Watkin, the foundation Professor of Law, leaves the Law
School in April 2007 to become First Welsh Legislative Counsel to the Welsh
Assembly Government. He leaves a team of eight academic staff, plus a law
librarian and a departmental administrator. The academic staff are Mr Aled
Griffiths (Senior Lecturer and Senior Personal Tutor), Mr. Howard Johnson
(Senior Lecturer and Director of Teaching and Learning), Dr Javier Garcia-Oliva
(Lecturer in Public Law, and Director of Exchange Programmes), Mr Richard
Caddell (Lecturer in International and Environmental Law, and Legal Compliance
Officer), Mr Osian Rees (Lecturer in Family and Property Law, and Examinations
& Assessments Officer), Mr Dewi Llŷr Jones (Welsh Language Teaching Fellow
and Director of Welsh Medium Provision), Miss Sarah Nason (Lecturer in
Jurisprudence, and Disability Officer) and Mrs Ann McLaren JP (Tutor in Criminal
Law and Criminal Justice). Two new chairs are currently being advertised
alongside the post in Criminology and Law: one will lead teaching and research
in commercial law and/or allied areas, while the other is likely to have expertise in
property law.

Through the development of Law, Bangor aims to build on its growing research
reputation, not only by having Law as a discipline in its own right, but by adding a
legal dimension to the acknowledged clusters of excellence in areas such as

health, environment, finance and Welsh social and cultural affairs. The expertise
of staff in Criminology and Criminal Justice will complement some of the current
research strengths in the Law School, which include the Legal History of
England, Wales and Europe; Public Law in Post Devolution Wales; Comparative
Law and International Environmental Law.

Research Centres

The Centre for Comparative Criminology and Criminal Justice (4cj) has a track
record of developing criminology and criminal justice research on an
internationally comparative basis. Research by staff and postgraduate members
of the Centre has included studies of super-maximum security prisons in the
United States; Russian penal regimes and practices; social constructions of
crime and deviance in rural South Asia; criminal justice practices in Brazil;
community policing; post-colonial regimes; critical evaluations of post modernist
and post structuralist theorizing in criminology; and human rights. Within
sociology, related research in ethnomethodology and conversation analysis in
relation to crime and deviance (in media accounts and in educational settings)
has also recently been completed.

The School of Social Sciences is closely associated with the Welsh Institute for
Social and Cultural Affairs. One important focus of research is on issues of
community, language and identity; another is social policy and the responses to
exclusion and disadvantage among minority groups. Further information can be
found on the WISCA website at

The Centre for Social Policy Research and Development (CSPRD) was
established in 1986 and conducts research primarily in the areas of ageing,
human development, health studies and social care provision, both nationally
and internationally. Further information can be found on the CSPRD website at

The University

The University of Wales Bangor is one of the three original constituent colleges
of the University of Wales. Since it came into being in 1884, numbers have
expanded to over 9000 students, 20 departments and over 600 teaching staff. It
achieved major improvement in its research grant capture and overall research
profile in the last RAE. It has a particularly strong record on student access (it
was recently named as one of a small group of ‘access elite’ universities in the
Times Higher) and of service to the region and Wales. Located in the cathedral
city of Bangor, it has good transport links to the cities of the north west,
Manchester airport, and by rail to London and Cardiff. Few university cities can
rival Bangor’s outstanding coastal location on the edge of the Snowdonia

National Park. Several buildings of the College of Business, Social Sciences and
Law overlook the picturesque Menai Straits.

The Local Dimension

The University aims to be responsive to local and regional needs and is
particularly conscious of its North Wales location and role as a research resource
and a training base for Wales. The appointee will have a sympathetic
understanding and appreciation of the bilingual and bicultural nature of the area.
Situated in bilingual North Wales, the University is committed as a public
institution to the principles of the Welsh Language Act and to offering learning
opportunities through the medium of Welsh as well as English. The policy of the
University is that members of staff are encouraged to take an active interest in
the life and culture of the region in which they work. Applicants should therefore
appreciate and seek to understand the special characteristics of Welsh society
and be prepared to work positively within the bicultural and bilingual environment.
While the ability to communicate through the medium of Welsh is not an essential
requirement the appointee will be required to demonstrate a clear commitment to
the maintenance and development of the bilingual curriculum in the Law School
and the School of Social Sciences.

Application Procedure

Candidates should complete an application form, obtainable from Human
Resources, University of Wales, Bangor, Gwynedd LL57 2DG; tel (01248)
382926/388132; e-mail:; or downloaded from the
University web-site:; quoting the reference number for the
post 07-6/175. Applicants should also send a detailed curriculum vitae and a
covering letter explaining which post they are applying for, what they would
expect to bring to the post and how they would contribute to the development of
research and teaching in Criminology, Criminal Justice and Law at the University
of Wales Bangor.

The start date will be on 1st August, 2007 or as soon as possible thereafter.

Informal enquiries are welcomed and may be addressed in the first instance to
Professor Howard Davis of the School of Social Sciences, tel: (01248) 382222,

Closing date for applications: Friday 20th April, 2007.

Interviews will be held: Wednesday 16th May, 2007.


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