Criminal Justice Research Centre
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The Forum

The Forum aims to facilitate dialogue between students, academics, policy-makers and practitioners from all disciplines with an interest in the criminal justice system. The group includes students from undergraduate and postgraduate law, criminology, mental health and politics, and has strong connections with the University's Pro Bono Society.

Meetings are held monthly, where one attendee will introduce a current-affairs criminal justice issue, following which a lively discussion is held. Recent Forums have included topics such:

  • What constitutes sexual harassment post-Harvey Weinstein?
  • To what extent should the police engage in community outreach?
  • Were the CPS correct not to charge anyone following the election expenses scandal?

The Forum's regular monthly meetings are supplemented by additional events including a film viewing in collaboration with the Human Rights Film Series (5 April 2017), and seminars led by internal and external speakers (TBC 2018).

The first academic year of The Forum concluded on 22 June 2017 with the hosting of its first postgraduate conference. Speakers were invited from the six universities in the three 'Midlands Cities' (Nottingham, Birmingham and Leicester) to present on any aspect of criminal law, criminal justice or criminology to an audience of postgraduate students and academics.

The Forum is organised by Cerys Gibson and Matt Thomason, two PhD students based at the School of Law at the University of Nottingham.

Regular members include:

  • Jack Tomlin (PhD student in the Institute of Mental Health)
  • Usmaan Siddiqui (PhD student in the School of Law)
  • Zoe Robinson (PhD Student in the School of Sociology and Social Policy)
  • Lauren Millichip (3rd year undergraduate in the School of Law)

If you would like to be involved in this group, as an attendee or a presenter, then please email the organisers: or

Criminal Justice Research Centre

School of Law
Law and Social Sciences building
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

+44 (0)115 846 6239