Teaching Reflection: Adaptive Active Blended Learning

Kelvin Thompson and Thomas Cavanagh are hosts of the podcast TOPcast. I listened to two of their episodes – episode 35 ‘Blended Our Way to “A Whole New Level of Student Success,” and episode 29 ‘Designing Better Blended Learning‘ to reflect more on blended learning. University education has been evolving for a long time. Traditional teacher-centred…

Teaching Reflection: Empathy Gym

One of my absolute favourite podcasts is Hidden Brain, not only does it always make me think differently but I also love the voice of Shankar Vedantam. The recent episode ‘You 2.0: The Empathy Gym’ lead me to reflect on the fact that the majority of our criminology students will be going into professions that…

Teaching Reflection: Supporting LGBTIQ+ Students

In 2018 LGBT in Britain released their Universities Report. Some of the key findings were that two in five LGBT students have hidden their identity at university for fear of discrimination; three in five trans students have been the target of negative comments or conduct from other students; and many students did not feel confident…

Teaching Reflection: Know My Name

“I will give you three days,” said he, “and if by that time you know what my name is, you shall keep your child.” Like the Brothers Grimm tale of Rumpelstiltskin, names have power – especially if their utterance causes you to sink into the earth and to split yourself down the middle into two….

Teaching Reflection: Presentation Slides

I listen to a lot of podcasts. A number of them relate to teaching and research practices, previously I have kept a notebook of reflections. I thought it would be interesting to share my thoughts about certain episodes and how I will implement ideas into practice, but also consider my own institution’s advice, and provide…

Do pass go and collect £200. Board games to teach university students

Blog piece released today with Northampton University News. Schools regularly use board games as an effective means to teach principles and values to children. But can the same approach work in higher education? Our ‘eye on crime’, Lecturer in Criminology Jessica Ritchie writes about how she and Associate Lecturer Bethany Davies rolled the dice at…

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…

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…