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Issued:11/07/14

Criminology provision at Sheffield Hallam University has been labelled as the very best in the country after it received a prestigious award for teaching excellence from its peers.

The British Society of Criminology (BSC) has awarded the criminology  team, part of the University’s Department of Law and Criminology, with its acclaimed Teaching Award for the way it is developing students' careers.

The award, sponsored by SAGE, was presented at The British Society of Criminology conference in partnership with the Higher Education Academy at the University of Liverpool last night (Thursday 10 July).

A BSC judging panel heard testimonies from students and practitioners about how the BSC course prepared students for careers in the field.

The judges found that the department used “innovative teaching strategies which make positive contributions to learning and teaching within criminology clear. Furthermore, the application demonstrated the development of teaching strategies that meet the needs of a diverse student population and this was also commended.”

The programme includes police procedures, scenes of crime investigation techniques, practitioner-led training sessions and placements with high-profile partners in police, probation and criminal justice environments.

The team also uses technology to walk students through 3D crime scenes.

Angela Davies, from CSI Training and Events, said: “The beauty of the University’s criminal justice realities module is that it is very much practitioner-led, ensuring students are given an up-to-date and accurate picture of how things work in the real world.”

This award is further evidence of our ambition to be one of the leading providers of law and criminology courses in the UK - Sital Dhillon

Dr Vicky Heap, who led the teaching award submission with module leaders and teaching staff across five modules on behalf of the University, said: “This award is fantastic recognition of the way criminology is preparing students for a broad, diverse and rewarding range of careers in the field.

“We teach students to challenge and create unique solutions by testing them in the classroom and a series of external environments which are of immense benefit when they graduate.

“We were very mindful of the need to ensure our students are presented with the opportunity to engage with the real-life practicalities and processes employed by criminal and social justice agencies as well as equipping our students with the opportunity to learn theory, practices and values.”

Sital Dhillon, head of the Department of Law and Criminology at Sheffield Hallam, said: “This award is further evidence of our ambition to be one of the leading providers of law and criminology courses in the UK.

“Through our associations with campaigners like Baroness Lawrence and practitioners like Helena Kennedy, we are instilling our students with the values that will stand them in good stead throughout their careers.”

For press information: contact Laurie Harvey in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2621 or email pressoffice@shu.ac.uk