‘Wake up to Money': Michael Jefferson on BBC Radio 5Live

January 15th, 2015

Michael Jefferson of the School of Law was interviewed by Radio 5Live as part of the ‘Wake up to Money’ programme about the enforcement of the National Minimum Wage (NMW) in light of the overnight news that 37 firms across the U.K., including both well-known ones and local ones, had been both fined and named and shamed for not paying the NMW. Among topics covered were deductions from the NMW for uniforms and living accommodation.

The current NMW ranges from £6.50 for those aged 21 and over down to £2.73 for certain apprentices.

Catch up with Michael’s interview here, starting at 20:45.

Michael also spoke on the Howard Pressman show and Eastern Air on BBC Radio Sheffield.

Professor Johnston speaks at the European Parliament

December 15th, 2014

Andrew Johnston was invited to speak at a conference on 10th December 2014 at the European Parliament on ‘Corporate Governance: Shareholders’ rights – the key to ending short termism in European companies?’ He presented a ‘Commentary on the Shareholder Rights Directive’. The conference was organised by the Socialists and Democrats grouping of the European Parliament, and included presentations by three MEPs, Sergio Cofferati, Evelyn Regner and Gianni Pitella, as well as the acting Director-General of DG Justice, Paraskevi Michou. The MEPs made it very clear that they want a new approach to corporate governance in the EU.

Andrew presented aspects of his ongoing research, which he is carrying out with the Sustainable Companies project at the University of Oslo, researchers at Mines ParisTech and with Frank Bold, a public purpose law firm. Whilst in Brussels, he also had separate meetings with MEPs and the European Commission.

You can see the presentation here:  http://youtu.be/qHMABoYB1N0

The paper on which his presentation was based can be downloaded from: http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2535274

CCR at the American Society of Criminology

December 13th, 2014

There was a significant presence from the Centre for Criminological Research at the American Society of Criminology annual meeting in San Francisco from 19-22 November 2014.  This was the 70th annual meeting of the Society.  Stephen Farrall organised a panel on ‘Desistance from crime: new evidence and theorising from the UK’.  Speakers were Joanna Shapland and Tony Bottoms on ‘The processes of early desistance for persistent male offenders in their early 20s’, Beth Weaver (University of Strathclyde) on ‘The relational dynamics of desistance’, Stephen Farrall on ‘Understanding how probation supervision aids desistance from crime: evidence from a prospective longitudinal study in England’, and Fergus McNeill (University of Glasgow) on ‘Desistance research and civic criminology’.  Other speakers at the conference included Cormac Behan, who gave a paper on ‘Punishment, penal policy and citizenship: the Irish experience of prisoner enfranchisement’.  Paul Knepper spoke on ‘The jazz singer at Kelly’s caberet: microhistory and global criminology’.  Veronica Cano and Paul Knepper presented on ‘Latino girls and black lawyers: comparative research in the UK and USA’.  Joanna Shapland also attended the Restorative Justice – an International Journal board meeting.  The Centre for Criminological Research hosted a well-attended reception on the Friday evening, one of only two UK universities to do so (alongside Rutgers School of Criminal Justice, Temple University, University at Albany, University of Maryland etc.).

EU Discussion Group meet to ask ‘Is there room for fundamental rights in the governance of the Eurozone?’

December 12th, 2014

On Thursday, 11 December 2014 the Department of Politics and School of Law held the EU DISCUSSION GROUP meeting.

The speaker was Robbie Pye who gave a presentation and asked the question Europe 2020 and the strive for competitiveness and sustainability.

Sheffield University Policing Research Group (SUPRG)

December 11th, 2014

SUPRG officially launched on 29 October 2014. Two high profile speakers spoke on ‘Policing South Yorkshire: future directions’. The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire Police, David Crompton, talked about ‘Rising to the challenges of austerity’ and Professor Sir Anthony Bottoms (Universities of Cambridge and Sheffield) spoke on ‘How can research best help front-line policing?’

What is the SUPRG?

Policing scholars at the University of Sheffield (from Law, Sociological Studies, the Management School and Town and Regional Planning) have recognised the need to create and maintain strong working relationship with our local police force, South Yorkshire Police (SYP) and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC), through the creation of the Sheffield University Policing Research Group (SUPRG)

Learn more this launch event and the SUPRG here


Human Rights Day 2014 | Food Bank Collection | 10 December 2014

December 8th, 2014
HRD2014This Wednesday is the 3rd annual Human Rights Forum to mark Human Rights Day. The theme this year is #Rights365. Many colleagues, students and student societies will be presenting papers and posters about their human rights-related research and projects.
In addition, we will be holding a food bank collection  to support the Jubilee Food Bank and the Cathedral Archer Project. We need your donations! In particular we need non-perishable food items:
- tinned fish and meat
- UHT milk (full fat or semi-skimmed)
- tinned fruit and vegetables
- noodles (which only require hot water)
- biscuits, sweets
- pasta, rice, cereals
Anything you can spare will be gratefully received. We’ll have boxes set up in the Atrium, Bartolome House, Winter Street, Sheffield, S3 7ND
Hope to see you and your donations on Wednesday 10 December 2014!

Find out more here: http://www.sheffield.ac.uk/law/research/conferences/rights365