About us

About us

'We are recognised as a leading department with award winning expertise in professional skills and innovative teaching. We are home to the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, a centre for the promotion of human rights and social justice work. Our focus on applied learning and preparing students for success in the world of work, is grounded in the best academic knowledge and contemporary theory.'

Sital Dhillon - head of Department for Law and Criminology

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We are an innovative and award-winning department with a large and varied staff group with expertise across law and criminology. Our inspiring environment is combined with rigorous academic teaching with an integral understanding of the role of law and criminology in society.

The applied nature of our teaching, grounded in the most up-to-date theory and offering options across the two subjects, gives students every opportunity to achieve their ambitions.

Our subject areas

Our areas of particular expertise include:


Helena Kennedy QC is our patron, and we are home to the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice which encompasses leading research in human rights and a broad range of teaching and learning opportunities.

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We have developed local, national and international partnerships with the criminal justice and legal sectors. Our partners range from local solicitors firms and third sector organisations to London chambers, international law firms and other leading universities across the world. These partnerships enable us to further knowledge within our disciplines, influence changes across areas of practice, and provide students with career-enhancing experiences.

We have an external DLC Advisory Committee made up of eminent academics, lawyers and experts in human rights and the criminal justice sector, who contribute to the department's work providing an external viewpoint and consultancy expertise.

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The department is based in the innovative Heart of the Campus building, with a range of technology enhanced learning opportunities and flexible working spaces. 

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