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5th July 2013, 8:59am
National award for teaching quality in Criminology
A crime scene The University of Lincoln has won a national education award for the quality of teaching on its Criminology degree.

The University was named the winner of the National Award for Excellence in Teaching Criminology 2013, which is awarded annually by the British Society of Criminology (BSC).

The award “is intended to highlight and celebrate best practice and innovative teaching in criminology across HEIs in the UK”. It is supported by the BSC, the Higher Education Academy and the academic publisher SAGE, which also sponsors the annual prize of £100 cash and £100 worth of SAGE books.

Among other qualities, the awards panel look for examples of innovative teaching strategies, incorporation of criminological research and scholarship, and development of critical-thinking skills. The award winner was announced at the BSC’s annual conference, which this year took place at the University of Wolverhampton from 2nd to 4th July.

The Criminology programme at the University of Lincoln is part of the University’s School of Social and Political Sciences. Course content is truly multi-disciplinary and students are taught modules by subject specialists across a wide range of related disciplines, including social policy, politics and international relations.

From the outset, undergraduates are encouraged to understand the importance of rigorous academic research in the social sciences, and to refine the critical-thinking skills required to undertake this type of study. The course embraces the University’s Student as Producer project, which gives students at all levels the chance to get involved in real academic research.

Jan Gordon, Senior Lecturer in the School of Social and Political Sciences, said: “We’re immensely proud to have won this national award in recognition of the high standard of teaching on our Criminology programme. We aim to ensure that our students fully appreciate the value of academic research to policy and practice. Our undergraduates are encouraged to see that crime does not exist in a vacuum: it has complex causes and consequences which as a society we can only hope to understand through rigorous research and evidence-based policy-making.”

The British Society of Criminology aims to further the interests and knowledge of both academic and professional people who are engaged in any aspect of work or teaching, research or public education about crime, criminal behaviour and the criminal justice systems in the United Kingdom. The Society has been in existence for 50 years and has a wide-ranging membership based in the UK and overseas.

Dr Jacqui Briggs, Acting Head of Lincoln’s School of Social and Political Sciences, said: “It is certainly no surprise to me that we have such an excellent Criminology team. I am, however, delighted that this has now been recognised at national level. Their dedication, student-focused approach and collegiate spirit is truly inspirational.”

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