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"I found studying at Cambridge to be both a privilege and a challenge; great surroundings, renowned academics and affable high table are the former: being the best you can be the challenge. Combined with a stretching personal development plan, the M. St. will get the best out of you and the impact will be long lived. Some five years since graduating I still have the opportunity to use my learning in the field. This course taught me to think, to apply theory to practice and to appreciate and question, the rationale behind penal policy. It changed my perspective, challenged my silo 'jail' mentality and greatly improved my ability to network and engage with others to achieve common policy objectives. For these reasons and for my continuing challenge to be the best that I can be, I would recommend this course to aspiring leaders." (Prison Governor)

"While the Magistracy necessarily focuses upon due process through the CJS, the MSt. course supports this with an informed understanding of the nature of crime and punishment. The study of research into crime to underpin evidence-based police, judicial and penal policy making make this course invaluable to any JP's experience, competence and vocational reward." (Justice of the Peace)

"For those of you wish to develop both a better, more in-depth understanding of the theoretical arguments that underpin our work and the relationship with current practice - I highly recommend this Master of Studies." (Prison Governor)

"To say I enjoyed the experience would be an understatement. From the first lecture I found the course challenging, stimulating (in a way that I thought education and knowledge accumulation never could be), rewarding (personally and professionally) and perhaps above all it was a privilege to be able to converse with, challenge and learn from, some of the most knowledgeable individuals in the fields of crime and criminal justice research."

"The course draws together practitioners from all fields of criminal justice and from a variety of countries and continents, providing the platform for sharing ideas, policy, practice and knowledge, enhancing the learning experience beyond that which you might traditionally expect."

"I feel very lucky to have been able to study in Cambridge and particularly fortunate to be able to do so at the Institute of Criminology, which is an environment that encouraged learning, development and enjoyment, during every minute of the time that I spent there." (Prison Governor)

"I found the Mst Criminology course to be invaluable. It exposed me to a wide range of thinking about various aspects of my role as a senior manager working in a prison, including theories of offending and criminality through to leadership and management styles. Attending lectures and tutorials from academics and criminologists with many years of experience working in their field was a real opportunity to enhance my learning. In addition, the wide range of course participants gave me great networking opportunities and the chance to hear first hand from senior managers in other parts of our organisation.
Since finishing the course, I have gone on to govern my own prison and still reflect on learning from the course. I would have no hesitation in recommending the programme to other managers in NOMS and the criminal justice system."
(Prison governor)

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'Murder map’ reveals medieval London’s meanest streets

Nov 28, 2018

University of Cambridge criminologist Professor Manuel Eisner has plotted all cases of murder from the surviving rolls – covering the years 1300 to 1340 – onto a digital map of the old city to show for the first time the ‘hot spots’ of lethal violence in medieval London. First digital map of 142 murders recorded by city coroner in early 1300s shows Cheapside and Cornhill were homicide ‘hot spots’, and Sundays held highest risk of violent death for medieval Londoners.

safeguarding children in the secure estate

Oct 18, 2018

History shows abuse of children in custody will remain an ‘inherent risk’ – report

Justice Service

Oct 12, 2018

In glorious autumn sunshine, the centre of Cambridge came to a standstill on Sunday morning to allow a huge procession from Trinity College to Great St Mary’s Church. The occasion was a service to celebrate and commemorate all those involved in preserving law and order and delivering justice in the county.

12th International Conference on Evidence Based Policing

Oct 09, 2018

The Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge in association with the Society for Evidence Based Policing presents the 12th International Conference on Evidence Based Policing.