As a Senior Lecturer, Vicky delivers teaching sessions on both the undergraduate and postgraduate Criminology programmes. She acts as an Academic Advisor to students at all undergraduate academic levels.
She is also engaged in academic research, primarily in relation to anti-social behaviour, victims, the implementation of criminal justice policy and crime prevention. Vicky also published work on the English riots of 2011.
Vicky completed my BSc (Hons) degree in Sports Science and Social Science (2:1) and her MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (distinction) at Loughborough University.
She left Loughborough in 2005, taking up a position as a Community Safety Officer for Harrogate District Community Safety Partnership. In this role she was responsible for developing, implementing and commissioning crime reduction projects in relation to anti-social behaviour, domestic burglary and reducing violence in the night-time economy.
In 2007 Vicky joined the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield, having secured an ESRC CASE PhD studentship with the Home Office. Her PhD investigated public perceptions of anti-social behaviour, which she completed 2010. She began teaching Criminology at Huddersfield in 2009, where she also completed my PgCert teaching qualification.
She joined Sheffield Hallam in 2012.
Social Sciences and Arts
Vicky teaches on a variety of modules on the undergraduate Criminology programme including: Graduate Research and Development 1, Graduate Research and Development 2 (Module Leader), Crime and Punishment (Module Leader), Crime Prevention and the Dissertation.
Graduate Research and Development 1, Graduate Research and Development 2 (Module Leader), Crime and Punishment (Module Leader), Crime Prevention and the Dissertation
Heap, V. (2020). Exploring the effects of long-term anti-social behaviour victimisation. International Review of Victimology. http://doi.org/10.1177/0269758020961979
Heap, V., & Paterson, C. (2019). Democratic localism and the implementation of the Community Remedy in England and Wales. Criminology and criminal justice. http://doi.org/10.1177/1748895819848812
Heap, V., & Dickinson, J. (2018). Public Spaces Protection Orders: a critical policy analysis. Safer Communities, 17 (3), 182-192. http://doi.org/10.1108/SC-02-2018-0006
Heap, V. (2016). Guest Editorial - Coming of Age : Developments, Dilemmas and Debates about Anti-Social Behaviour. Safer Communities, 15 (4), 173-175. http://doi.org/10.1108/SC-06-2016-0015
Heap, V. (2016). Putting victims first? : a critique of Coalition anti-social behaviour policy. Critical Social Policy, 36 (2), 246-264. http://doi.org/10.1177/0261018315624173
Heap, V., & Duggan, M. (2013). Victims as vote-winners? The antisocial behaviour/ hate crime nexus. Criminal Justice Matters, 94 (1), 24-25. http://doi.org/10.1080/09627251.2013.865499
Heap, V., & Smithson, H. (2012). "We've got to be tough, we've got to be robust, we've got to score a clear line between right and wrong right through the heart of this country": Can and should the post-riot populist rhetoric be translated into reality? Safer Communities, 11 (1), 54-61. http://doi.org/10.1108/17578041211200128
Heap, V. (n.d.). Transforming anti-social behaviour: ASBOs, injunctions and cross-cutting criminal justice concerns. British journal of community justice, 12 (3), 67-79. http://www.cjp.org.uk/bjcj/
Heap, V., Black, A., & Rodgers, Z. (n.d.). Preventive justice: exploring the coercive power of community protection notices to tackle anti-social behaviour. Punishment and Society: the international journal of penology.
Heap, V., & Waters, J. (2018). Using mixed methods in criminology. In Francis, P., & Davies, P. (Eds.) Doing Criminological Research - 3rd edition. SAGE: https://uk.sagepub.com/en-gb/eur/doing-criminological-research/book243822#description
Heap, V. (2018). Conceptualising Victims of Anti-Social Behaviour is Far from 'Ideal'. In Duggan, M. (Ed.) Revisiting the 'Ideal Victim ': Developments in Critical Victimology. (pp. 211-228). Bristol: Policy Press: http://doi.org/10.2307/j.ctv301ds5.20
Heap, V. (2016). Anti-social behaviour, harm and victimisation. In Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P., & Turner, J. (Eds.) A Companion to Crime, Harm and Victimisation. (pp. 8-9). Policy Press: https://policypress.co.uk/a-companion-to-crime-harm-and-victimisation
Duggan, M., & Heap, V. (2016). Policy and victims in the UK. In Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P., & Turner, J. (Eds.) A companion to crime, harm and victimisation. (pp. 159-161). Bristol: Policy Press: https://policypress.co.uk/a-companion-to-crime-harm-and-victimisation
Duggan, M., & Heap, V. (2016). Victim hierarchy. In Corteen, K., Morley, S., Taylor, P., & Turner, J. (Eds.) A companion to crime, harm and victimisation. (pp. 243-245). Bristol: Policy Press: https://policypress.co.uk/a-companion-to-crime-harm-and-victimisation
Heap, V., & Waters, J. (2019). Mixed methods in criminology. http://doi.org/10.4324/9781315143354
Duggan, M., & Heap, V. (2014). Administrating victimization : the politics of anti-social behaviour and hate crime policy. Palgrave Pivot. https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137409263
Heap, V., & Herrera, J. (2018). Investigating the Community Trigger in action : a report for Safer Bristol Community Safety Partnership. Sheffield Hallam University/ASB Help.
Member of the British Society of Criminology
Member of the Howard League for Penal Reform Early Career Academics Network.
Network Convenor for the British Society of Criminology Victims Network.
Reviewer for Safer Communities and Policing: A Journal of Policy and Practice.
Guest editor of a special anti-social behaviour edition of Safer Communities (deadline for submission 1 March 2016, due for publication January 2017).
External Examiner for Criminology and Criminal Justice at Northumbria University.
Vicky is a criminology lecturer whose research interests specialise in anti-social behaviour, criminal justice policy, the 2011 English riots and victimisation.
Before joining Sheffield Hallam University, Vicky worked as a Local Authority Community Safety Officer for two years, leaving to complete her ESRC CASE PhD on public perceptions of anti-social behaviour.