Risk Symposium – Centre for Criminological Research

February 20th, 2015

A one day symposium was held on Friday 6th February 2015 at the Centre for Criminological Research, Sheffield

Organised by Dr Maggie Wykes, this symposium sought to explore ‘risk’ in the domains of crime, harm, deviance and criminal justice. Presentations provided insights from theory and practice, and were made by speakers from universities in England, France and the Netherlands on subjects as diverse as probation reform, poverty, the Victorian security industry and child sexual exploitation. Photographs show a snowy journey into Sheffield, Dr Gwen Robinson (the University of Sheffield) presenting on ‘Probation, Risk and the Transforming Rehabilitation Agenda’, and Billie Lister and Colin Webster (Leeds Beckett University) presenting on ‘The Impact of Welfare to Work Policies on Poverty and Crime Risks Among Marginalised Groups’.

Sheffield success in Norton Rose Fulbright and McLaren Mercedes ‘Great Partnership Challenge’

February 19th, 2015

10646984_973111646051674_5459082855866558337_nA team of undergraduates from The University of Sheffield has been awarded a trip to the McLaren Technology Centre following the students’ success in the Norton Rose Fulbright (NRF) and McLaren Mercedes’ ‘Great Partnership Challenge’.

Teams from universities across the UK and Ireland were invited to enter the competition, designed to encourage participants to consider in detail the workings of a commercial relationship between an international law firm and a major client.

The Sheffield team, which was made up of three individuals studying Law, Law with Spanish, and Politics and Philosophy produced one of the five strongest responses to the question, “What makes Norton Rose Fulbright and McLaren Mercedes such a great corporate partnership?” and were invited to attend the final at NRF’s London office. Here, they were presented with a mock scenario and tasked with providing commercial advice to a panel of judges.

University of Sheffield Careers Service Director, Steve Fish was delighted with their success, saying “This was a great opportunity for our students, gaining experience of real-life industry issues and a chance to work alongside a global legal practice and a Formula 1 team.”

Duncan Batchelor, trainee recruitment partner at NRF and one of the three participating judges, says: “We have been very impressed with the strength of the applications for the great partnership challenge and the hard work of all the students who took part. Commercial awareness is crucial to our practice, and the Challenge enabled students to gain a unique insight into the relationships we have with our clients and how we work together to achieve great results.”

Policing in a time of austerity: what levels and kinds of services would citizens expect, and from whom?

February 13th, 2015

Held on Thursday 5th February 2015 at the British Academy, LondonIMG_0157

Organised by Professor Joanna Shapland, this seminar sought to explore the effects of financial austerity upon the delivery of policing in the medium term, in a context of substantive cuts to policing budgets. Thoughtful and informative presentations were made by Professor Martin Innes (Cardiff University), Professor Matt Matravers (University of York), and Chief Constable Chris Sims OBE QPM of West Midlands Police. Delegates working in the academy, policy, practice and the media joined Professors Antony Bottoms, Stephen Farrall and Joanna Shapland and Dr Philippa Tomczak from the University of Sheffield Centre for Criminological Research, for a day of stimulating debate at the British Academy. This seminar provided a rare opportunity for open discussion between delegates from different areas.

Chief Constable Chris Sims gave an account of how austerity has affected the West Midlands Police Force. Chief Constable Sims explained how his force has already closed a multimillion pound funding gap. Professor Martin Innes explored the impacts of austerity in changing the conceptual basis of policing, and considered how local situational insights could be attained in a context of smaller police forces but increased potential for engagement via social media. Professor Matt Matravers provided a broader philosophical analysis of the justification for and pitfalls of increasing privatisation of previously public services. Questions and discussion followed each of the papers.

Award Winning Research: ‘The Judicial Politics of National Courts in the Processes of Ratification of European Union Treaties’

February 12th, 2015

Dr Pablo José Castillo Ortiz’s PhD dissertation on ‘The Judicial Politics of National Courts in the Processes of Ratification of European Union Treaties’ was just awarded the prize to the best PhD dissertation (‘premio extraordinario de doctorado’) of the Department of Politics of the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid for the period 2012-2014.

The PhD is under contract with Routledge for its publication as a book in the series Law, Courts and Politics.

In the news: UK Only Western European Country to Ban Prisoners Voting

February 11th, 2015

Dr Cormac Behan has contributed to Newsweek article about the right to vote by prisoners. The article ‘UK Only Western European Country to Ban Prisoners Voting’ reflects on how the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has now ruled breaches inmates’ human rights four separate times.

You can read the full Newsweek article here

New Book: ‘Executive Compensation In Imperfect Financial Markets’ by Dr Cullen

February 6th, 2015

Book cover Jay Cullen

Dr Jay Cullen’s latest research on ‘Executive Compensation In Imperfect Financial Markets’ has been published


This important book discusses the issue of executive compensation in Anglo-American financial markets following the financial crisis. The book begins by contextualizing the problem facing financial institutions in the US and the UK and argues that approaches to government and compensation reform are flawed. It then goes on to offer solutions and suggests that new reforms to executive compensation in financial institutions would be very welcome, despite certain limitations.

‘Cullen’s timely and important book demonstrates exactly what the problem is with executive compensation in banking and how to improve it. The current populist approach to simply cut banker pay is rejected in favour of a far more nuanced approach, fully cognizant of the inefficiencies in the very markets which value bonus share awards. The book encourages a much-needed long-term approach to compensation whilst also examining in an intelligent way the flaws in our seemingly efficient markets.’ – Trevor Pugh, HSBC and University of Sheffield, UK


Jay Cullen, ‘Executive Compensation In Imperfect Financial Markets’, Edward Elgar Publishing: Cheltenham, 2014.

ISBN: 978 1 78254 928 4