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Amy Musgrove

Amy Musgrove MSc, PgCert, BA (Hons), FHEA

Deputy Head of Criminology


I am Deputy Head of Criminology at Sheffield Hallam University. 

Criminology is a vibrant subject group and I support the operational and strategic development of this subject here at Sheffield Hallam University.


I completed a BA (Hons) degree in Criminology at Sheffield Hallam and my MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Loughborough University.

My teaching began in 2005 when I left Loughborough taking up a position as a Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Leeds Beckett University. During my time at Leeds Beckett, I completed the PgCert teaching qualification. Prior to this, I had worked with mentally disordered offenders in a secure setting and volunteered in the youth justice field

I joined Sheffield Hallam in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer.

I am currently undertaking a PhD in the area of responsive regulation and prisons.

Criminological Foundations
Criminal Justice
Experiencing Practice
Race, Ethnicity, Crime and Criminal Justice
Mentally Disorder Offenders
Criminal Law
Human Rights
Supervision of dissertation
Assessment, Learning and Teaching practices
Domestic Violence
Mental Health and the Law


Department Of Law and Criminology

College of Social Sciences and Arts

I teach within the Criminology subject group, Department Of Law and Criminology, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities.

I teach on a variety of modules on the Criminology programme which includes content on

  • skills modules for students transitioning from FE to HE
  • research methods
  • social justice and human rights
  • criminal justice system
  • simulation modules for employability
  • desistance and recovery
  • victims

I also supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations


I am currently undertaking doctoral research on prison regulation and how a system of responsive regulation may benefit our current complex landscape of regulation.

I am currently working with prisons in the North West of England on developing asset-based community development approaches within a secure setting.

I am also an active learning and teaching researcher who is undertaking current projects on the enhancing the student voice and approaches to feedback.


Journal articles

Best, D., Bartels, L., Beck, G., & Musgrove, A. (2021). Avoiding ‘starburst’: The need to identify common metrics of evaluating strengths-based programmes in prison. Prison Service Journal, 254, 11-16.

Best, D., Hall, L., & Musgrove, A. (2018). The bridge between social identity and community capital on the path to recovery and desistance. Probation Journal, 65 (4), 394-406.

Musgrove, A., & Thirlaway, V. (2012). Are we using technology for technology's sake? An evaluation of a simulated employment exercise at undergraduate level. The Law Teacher, 46 (1), 65-74.

Musgrove, A., & Groves, N. (2008). The Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004: Relevant or ‘Removed’ Legislation? Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 29 (3-4), 233-244.

Musgrove, A., & Best, D. (n.d.). Building communities by mapping the assets and strengths that lie within and beyond: An Asset-Based Community Development model in HMP Kirkham and HMP Wymott. Prison Service Journal.

Book chapters

Hall, L., Best, D., & Musgrove, A. (2019). Recovery and communities: The role of structure in stable addiction recovery and desistance. In Farrall, S. (Ed.) The Architecture of Desistance. Routledge:

Best, D., & Musgrove, A. (2019). Responsive and Inclusive Health Governance through the Lens of Recovery Capital: A Case Study Based on Gambling Treatment. In Burford, G., Braithwaite, J., & Braithwaite, V. (Eds.) Restorative and Responsive Human Services. Routledge:

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