Richard Lynch

Richard Lynch LLB, BPhil, MA, FHEA, CertMgt, DipSW

Senior Lecturer and Course Leader


My professional career covers criminal justice, the drugs field as well as higher education teaching and research. I am passionate about ensuring student success. My work as course leader has taken forward the partnership with a local education provider to access honours undergraduate study for all students. This promotes policing and criminal justice vocational work and personal achievement of the highest order. The modules I teach on the Criminology programme help me to connect theoretical thinking with the real world of crime and justice using research and policy.


My early career was spent in criminal and community justice practice in both the voluntary and public sectors. This included work in a street drug and alcohol agency, prison and recovery community. I first taught on a Probation Officer qualifying programme before moving to the Criminology programme at Hallam. My professional interest became workplace learning and the higher education curriculum. This resulted in scholarly, research and academic development projects connected with the Centre of Excellence in Promoting Learner Autonomy and Faculty in the University. Since then, projects on assessment, research-informed teaching and employability have supported a number of innovations in my own higher education practice and other curriculum areas. I completed the SEDA (Staff Educational and Development Association) professional award in 'Supporting Educational Change'. Moving on to course leadership has been an exciting challenge. I enjoy supporting students to achieve their potential and overcome barriers to success. Working in partnership with colleagues in local educational providers ensures I can make a difference to what happens in the community.

The SEDA (Staff Educational and Development Association) professional award in 'Supporting Educational Change' was completed.


Department Of Law and Criminology

College of Social Sciences and Arts


Criminology, Criminology & Sociology, Criminology & Psychology

Supported Practice Project and a range of undergraduate modules in the criminology programme covering methods, theory and policy.


DLC cluster on Desistance and Recovery


Lynch, R. (2004). How healthy is your ‘community of practice’? Probation journal, 51 (1), 59-66.

Downing, K., & Lynch, R. (1997). Pre‐Sentence Reports: Does Quality Matter? Social Policy & Administration, 31 (2), 173-190.

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