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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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IoC Sunken Garden Mural

Jul 26, 2019

The Mural was commissioned to mark the Institute Of Criminology’s 60th Anniversary since it was established by Professor Radzinowicz in 1959.

UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty

Jul 11, 2019

We were delighted to welcome Professor Ann Skelton to the Institute on Wednesday July 10th. Ann holds the UNESCO Chair in Education Law in Africa at the University of Pretoria and is a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child.

'Can Computer Files Cut Crime?'

Jun 24, 2019

David Edmonds examines how algorithms are used in our criminal justice system, from predicting future crime to helping decide who does and doesn’t go to prison.

Merete Konnerup Awarded the 2019 Sir Robert Peel Medal

Jun 24, 2019

The 2019 Sir Robert Peel Medal will be awarded by Cambridge University’s Police Executive Programme to Merete Konnerup of the University College of Copenhagen. The Sir Robert Peel Medal is awarded annually for Outstanding Leadership in Evidence-Based Policing.

The Institute of Criminology Features In Research Horizons

Mar 11, 2019

The latest issue of Research Horizons focuses on research linked with our local region, the East of England. It introduces many of outstanding research and outreach activities carried out by our very own Institute of Criminology’s academics. We hope you will particularly enjoy this edition of Research Horizons.