The Centre for Criminology hosted a panel discussion yesterday on criminal justice careers outside the academy.

Speakers from four different organisations spoke about their jobs to a large audience of current and former MSc and DPhil students in the Manor Road Lecture Theatre.  Andy Myhill, from the National College of Policing began with an account of current research into police management of risk and domestic violence.

Jennifer Kay, the National Student Officer at the Howard League for Penal Reform, followed with an overview of the Howard League’s work and series of practical suggestions for students interested in working in the voluntary sector.  Francesca Cooney, the advice and information manager at the Prison Reform Trust, explained how PRT works with the prison service and other policy makers in their research, as well as academics.

Finally, Maya Foa, Deputy Director of the Death Penalty Team at Reprieve, rounded out the talk by describing the concrete manner in which, through research and litigation, Reprieve has made it difficult for US states to purchase drugs required for lethal injections.

Together the speakers revealed a number of overlaps with academic research methodologies, while presenting a dynamic account of the potential for policy impact that flows from working in government agencies and the third sector.  Though they acknowledged the tough job market at present, they were encouraging and offered concrete suggestions.

We would like to thank the presenters for their time and inspiration.  We will definitely do this again next year!