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About the Events

Criminology Careers Events introduce students to criminology related employers and the opportunities and challenges involved in developing a career path. Events cover:

  • The practicalities of developing a career, from work experience to recruitment.
  • Themes relevant to criminology research and teaching, from criminal justice policy and practice to social and racial justice.

Each session lasts 90 minutes, and involves short talks from a panel of professionals who explain how they arrived at their current role. There is opportunity for group Q&A as well as informal 1-1 time with speakers. Events are an opportunity to socialise with peers in the department. Refreshments and snacks are provided.

Event Aims

The event series is convened by Dr Rachael Dobson. Launched in May 2018, it contributes to Birkbeck College’s mission to provide enhanced engagement with practice via enterprise and employability. It complements Birkbeck’s central Careers and Employability and Birkbeck Talent which make up the wider Birkbeck Futures, a programme of skills development workshops alongside placement and internship programmes.

How to take part - speakers

We welcome inquiries from potential speakers. If you would like to contribute to Criminology Careers Events, please contact convenor Dr Rachael Dobson.

How to attend - students

Attendance is free and open to all. Book your place by clicking 'BOOK NOW' by the date of the event you wish to attend or contact the convenor, Dr Rachael Dobson for further details.

Please note that events are not tape/digitally recorded.

Upcoming events

(Postponed until further notice)

Work For Social Justice, Work For Criminal Justice

Rachael Parker, Research and Analysis Officer in the Evidence and Insight team at MOPAC

Rachael Parker is a Research and Analysis Officer at the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC), where she has worked for the past four years. Rachael’s role is around policy research and the evaluation of programmes that are funded by MOPAC. She has previously evaluated programmes targeting prolific offenders, serious youth violence, and female offending. Rachael is currently evaluating a project called the Lighthouse; an innovative and multi-agency service for victims of child sexual abuse and exploitation, which aims to reduce trauma for victims and improve criminal justice outcomes. Rachael holds a BA degree in Sociology with Social Psychology from the University of York, and an MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism from UCL.

Tim Read, Research and Analysis Officer in the Evidence and Insight team at MOPAC

Tim Read is a Research and Analysis Officer in the Evidence and Insight team in MOPAC (the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime). He has nearly 30 years of experience as a researcher in the criminal justice system.  He worked for 8 years in the Home Office’s Police Research Group undertaking and managing research into various aspects of policing. He then spent 15 years as a Senior Lecturer at the University of the West of England and the University of South Wales lecturing on community safety and policing. His time at the universities was separated by a couple of years working for a research consultancy specialising in crime prevention. He has been in his current role for two and a half years. His work mainly involves evaluations of the Lighthouse Project (a specialised service for victims of child sexual abuse in Camden), and the use of GPS tags for prolific and knife crime offenders. Tim has a first degree in History and Economic and Social History from Bristol University, and an MSc in Criminal Justice from Brunel University.

Laura Woods, Research and Analysis Officer in the Evidence and Insight team at MOPAC

Since graduating with a degree in Geography (BA) from the University of Nottingham, Laura Woods has worked as a social researcher in the public sector. Laura is currently a Research and Analysis Officer in the Evidence and Insight team at the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC). In this role, Laura has worked on projects around crime trends, scrutiny of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and Londoners views and experiences of policing. Alongside her role at MOPAC, Laura is studying for a MSc in Social Policy and Social Research at University College London (UCL). Prior to this, Laura was a Government Social Researcher at the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). Here, her main research areas included integration and faith, community cohesion and local government finance.

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Autumn 2019

  • Work For Social Justice, Work For Criminal Justice - 28 November 2019
  • Leah Goodrham Head of a Specialist Casework Team, Public Protection Casework Section (PPCS) of Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service (HMPPS)
  • For further details please see here.

Summer 2019

Spring 2019

  • Work For Criminal Justice, Work For Social Justice - 7 February 2019
  • Dame Anne Owers National Chair of the Independent Monitoring Boards (IMBs), Chair of the Koestler Trust and formerly Chair of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
  • For further details please see here.

Autumn 2018

  • Work for Social Justice, Work for Criminal Justice - 6 December 2018
  • Busayo Abidakun Recruitment Officer for Unlocked Graduates
  • Hardeep Aiden Senior Research Associate, Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC)
  • Nathan Dick Senior Policy and Stakeholder Manager, Probation Programme at the Ministry of Justice
  • For further details see here
  • Work For Social Justice - 11 October 2018
  • Liz Kullmann DPhil Candidate in Criminology, Centre for Criminology, University of Oxford
  • Richard Sen MSc Criminal Justice Policy, London School of Economics (LSE) & Research Assistant, Institute for Criminal Policy Research (ICPR)
  • Daniel Smith MSc Criminal Justice Policy, London School of Economics (part time) & Applications Engineer, IO Integrations (full time)
  • For further details see here

Summer 2018

  • Work For Social Justice. Create Social Impact - 10 May 2018
  • The inaugural Criminology Careers Event saw three speakers share their experiences of working for national voluntary sector organisations in England:
  • Oonagh Ryder Policy Officer, CLINKS
  • Sam Thomas Policy Manager, Making Every Adult Matter Coalition (now Health Foundation)
  • Sarah Uncles Policies and Communications Assistant, INQUEST
  • For further details see here