From Queensland to England, new Criminology lecturer talks about her interests

Last week the University of Northampton posted a blog piece on my new position. The newest member of the University’s Criminology team is bringing an international perspective for students, following research in her native Australia. Jessica Ritchie, Lecturer in Criminology, gained her undergraduate degree in Criminology and Criminal Justice in 2011. She gained subsequent qualifications…

October Book Reads

A little late, but these are the books I read in October, a mixture of crime and feminism. Dear Ijeawele: A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Murder on the Orient Express, Agatha Christie Bitch Doctrine: Essays for Dissenting Adults, Laurie Penny Forensics: The Anatomy of Crime, Val McDermid Life After Death, Damien…

Productive Procrastination

A post written last month for Thoughts from the Criminology Team on Productive Procrastination. There’s the saying ‘Find your passion and you’ll never work a day in your life,’ however I much prefer the updated version ‘Find your passion and you’ll work every day of your life’ BUT you’ll love it. Criminology and the law…

September Book Reads

Reading was a bit slow this month as most of my books were packed in boxes. However, made an effort towards the end of this month to try read some English crime authors. The Distant Echo, Val McDermid A Dark So Deadly, Stuart MacBride Th1th3en, Steve Cavanagh The Legacy, Lynda La Plante Snap, Belinda Bauer…

Post-it PhD!

Last year I wrote the following piece for the Thesis Whisperer on Post-it notes! This post is by Jessica Ritchie, a PhD student at the TC Beirne School of Law at the University of Queensland. You can find Jessica is on Twitter as @j_ritchie13 I was having difficulty in organising the case law that I…

5 Easy-To-Follow Tips For Early Career Researchers

Earlier this year I wrote a guest piece for The Crime Conversation. The Crime Conversation is a great new blog which seeks to connect women in criminology. I wrote on ‘5 easy-to-follow tips for early career researchers.’ We are so excited to share these 5 fantastic tips for early career researchers from this week’s guest…

Student Support

I recently wrote for Thoughts from the Criminology Team Blog on Student Support. You can follow the link and have a read. I recently read Melanie Reynolds’s article in The Guardian ‘Working-class lecturers should come out of the closet,’ and it resonated with me…

Dealing With Administrative Grief

Read a piece I wrote for the Thesis Whisperer which was recently uploaded. Universities are big places, some of them have a lot of students to manage and complex timelines to administer. Most of the time, I hope, the administration of your degree will be invisible to you, but, when things break down, you can…

We’re Moving!

The last few weeks have been very busy. Interviewing for positions, deciding on which offer to accept, grading papers, house hunting and packing! I am starting a new position on Monday at the University of Northampton as a criminology lecturer at their new Waterside campus. I am very excited about the opportunities I am going…

Brighton Pride Parade

The other week I had my first trip to Brighton and my first time attending a Pride Parade. Best of all I got to do it with my kitty lover, former neighbour, bestie Ginni! Gin and I were neighbours about seven years ago. One day she adopted a kitty and I was a kitty mum…