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Visiting Scholars


Due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic lock-down restrictions; the uncertainty as to when the Institute of Criminology building will re-open and be fully functioning again (so that we will be in a position to welcome visitors safely to the building); we are not currently accepting any new applications from academics and students wishing to visit the Institute.

We very much regret this situation.

Please do stay in touch with us though, and if you wish to visit the Institute in the future you can contact Faith Payne (PA to the Director) in the Director's Office for further advice:

16 September 2020


Visiting Scholars

The Institute welcomes applications from academics (i.e. Professors, Readers, Associate Professors, as well as junior academics and post-docs) who wish to be attached to the Institute of Criminology for a short period of time.

Criteria for appointment

  • Need to demonstrate achievements in studies
  • Need to show potential in relevant research area
  • Research interests need to be compatible with those of the Institute
  • Where appropriate, they need to demonstrate the potential to make a contribution to the life of the Institute, in the form of a seminar or workshop, or other relevant activity

We receive a great number of applications and so the success of your application may be affected by the number of visitors that we have at any one time, and the facilities available for the chosen period of attachment.

Application and approval process

Applications must be made through a member of the Institute's academic staff.

Prospective visiting scholars should review the research profiles of the Institute's academic staff, and then contact the most appropriate academic staff member to inquire if they are prepared to host them. They should supply them with:

  • A covering letter
  • Dates of the proposed visit
  • An outline of the proposed research
  • A C.V.

If the prospective visitor is successful at finding an academic host, the host will notify the Director's Office of the application and forward the information requested above.  (Please note that the host is the primary person responsible for the visitor during the visit.)

The application and related paperwork will be reviewed by the Director. The Director's Office will then notify the applicant whether their application has been successful or not, and if approved will begin practical preparations for their visit.

Important information

  • Prospective visitors will not be accepted unless they have an academic host within the Institute.
  • Work space in the Institute is very limited and the majority of visitors use the Radzinowicz Library to work in. The library is closed for the month of August each year, and visitors are usually able to have limited access at this time.
  • Occasionally an academic host is able to offer desk space from within their office allocation.  If a host is able to do this they will inform the Director's Office when putting your application forward for consideration.
  • The Institute does not provide funding for visiting scholars.

Further information

For further information, please contact the PA to the Director:

Tel: +44 (0)1223 335369

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