The Centre for Criminology is pleased to support a number of volunteering opportunities for our MSc and DPhil students through which they can gain experience of policy and practice while also engaging with local and national organisations and institutions.  Offered in partnership with outside groups, these opportunities allow students to develop a range of transferable skills. Please contact us if have an idea that could be included in this list.

Bail Observation Project

The Bail Observation Project (BOP) aims to scrutinise the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal, to publicise its concerns regarding injustice and infringements of human rights in the UK immigration legal system, and propose ways in which this can be improved. The Project was founded in 2010, with the Oxford University branch beginning in 2018. We conduct our observations primarily at Taylor House court in London, with research focusing on the use of interpreters, video links, and overall administration of proceedings. We are the first BOP group to travel to Yarl’s Wood in Bedfordshire, and hear cases involving women, in order to ensure that women’s voices are heard. For students, our project represents one of very few opportunities for practical experience in a legal, non-corporate environment where they have an active role which makes a difference, and they can improve social science research skills. If you would like to volunteer with the project, contact to get started!

Border Criminologies student editors

Based at the Centre for Criminology, Border Criminologies is an international research network focusing on the growing intersection between criminal justice and immigration control. In 2019-2020 we are looking for two student volunteers, to assist with book review editing and blog editing. The blog is widely read and attracts an international audience from more than 170 countries. This is a great opportunity to hone your editing and online skills while learning more about border control. 

Collaborative Immigration Law Clinic at HMP Huntercombe

The Centre for Criminology, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and Turpin & Miller established a collaborative immigration law clinic at HMP Huntercombe in 2018.  The clinic occurs every fortnight in the prison. Students are overseen by solicitor Tom Giles, and supported by Prof. Mary Bosworth and Dr Annelen Micus. This is an excellent opportunity to learn about legal practice and about asylum and immigration law. It is a year-long commitment.

Death Penalty Project-Oxford Criminology Research Internships

We have available an opportunity for one MSc student to engage in research for the Death Penalty Project as part of their graduate studies. The internship typically begins in Hilary term. The intern would conduct research of benefit to the DPP, but that would also be for their MSc dissertation. They would produce a 12,000-word paper to fulfil the Oxford academic requirement for a dissertation, and, subject to agreement by DPP, and some editorial input, would be published as a joint Oxford-DPP working paper.

Studying prison with prisoners: The Oxford-HMP Huntercombe reading group

In 2019 the Centre for Criminology established a reading group at nearby prison, HMP Huntercombe. In conjunction with a group of prisoners, students devise a reading list and visit the prison twice a term to meet and discuss the readings.  This year the group will be convened by DPhil student, Liz Kullman, and overseen by Prof. Mary Bosworth.