Posts about: 60 sec With … CJH members

60 sec with Laura Connelly, Lecturer in Criminology

7 April 2017

1.What is your position within the School?

I’m a Lecturer in Criminology

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford?

I joined in September 2016

3.Which building are you based in?

I’m based in Allerton. You can find me in L520

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

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60 sec with Kelly Lockwood, Lecturer in Criminology

25 January 2017

1.What is your position within the School?

I’m a Lecturer in Criminology. I’m also the Programme Leader for the undergraduate degree programme Criminology with counselling.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I joined the University of Salford in june 2015 as a researcher on the beyond youth custody project. I started in my current role as criminology lecturer in january 2016.

3.Which building are you based in?

I am based in the allerton building.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

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Christmas in Latvia

22 December 2016

latviaDid you know that Latvia is the birthplace of the decorated Christmas tree? Apparently old records show that it was in Old Town in Riga, the capital of Latvia, where the first Christmas tree was decorated in the 16th century. Today Latvians still decorate real fir trees with real candles and ornaments, often made from straw and other natural materials.

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60 sec with Dr Anthony Ellis, Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology

3 October 2016
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Dr Anthony Ellis

1.What is your position within the School?

Lecturer in Criminology and Sociology.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I joined the School in August 2014.

3.Which building are you based in?

Allerton.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

Salford has a long and rich history of teaching and research in the fields of sociology and criminology, which is important for me.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Finding out I had been nominated for a teaching award.

6.What is your biggest dream?

Rotherham United FC to lift the FA Cup at Wembley.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

Read, watch films, gym, watch football, spend time with family.

8.What was your first job?

Waiter and porter in a hotel.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Winning the British Society of Criminology Critical Criminology Network Prize for my book Men, Masculinities and Violence: An Ethnographic Study.

10.What would make your job easier?

A cure for writer’s block.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Be open to new ideas.

60 seconds with Toni Wood, Lecturer in Criminology

1 August 2016
Dr. Toni Wood

Dr. Toni Wood

1.What is your position within the School?

I am a Lecturer in Criminology.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford?

I started this temporary role in May 2016, however I had previously been an hourly paid lecturer in the school.

3.Which building are you based in?

Allerton.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

As a PhD student I was in the school of Humanities Languages and Social Science, and then as part of a restructure we joined NWSWSS.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Attending my own graduation this year alongside students I had taught for 3 years.

6.What is your biggest dream?

For all women’s prisons in the UK to be closed, and a new vision for prison reform.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I work on my allotment; most of my other ‘free’ time is spent driving my son to and from football training, and to and from football matches!

8.What was your first job?

My first job at 16yrs old was packing teabags in a local factory…I didn’t last very long!

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Being awarded my PhD.

10.What would make your job easier?

Less admin, being able to say ‘no’ and a back massage at the end of each working day!

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Always ask for advice when needed, Always listen to the advice that is given.

60 seconds with Steve Myers, Director of Social Sciences

25 July 2016

Steve Myers1.What is your position within the School?

Director of Social Sciences.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I have worked in the School since it was established in its current form in 2013 and I have worked at the university since 2003.

3.Which building are you based in?

Allerton.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

It is a vibrant and energetic school that has some great people in it. The subjects are close to my research interests and as Director I am able to support people to achieve their potential.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Attending graduation and seeing the results of hard work and commitment from staff, students and their families.

6.What is your biggest dream?

That the staff and students in my Directorate have all achieved their personal and career goals=happiness!

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I cycle for exercise, read for pleasure, go to opera for culture and do voluntary work for my principles.

8.What was your first job?

My first ‘proper’ job was as a Community Worker in a pit village in South Yorkshire, although I had a variety of casual jobs before then including building and factory work.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Being the first person in my extended family to gain education beyond age 16.

10.What would make your job easier?

A competent government that had values of social justice at its heart.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Live your life by your principles, but don’t sacrifice others to them.

60 seconds with Muzammil Quraishi, Senior Lecturer Criminology

12 July 2016

Muzammil1.What is your position within the School?

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Criminology & Criminal Justice, I’m also the programme leader for the MSc in The Criminal Justice Process.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

About three years in this School, but I’ve been at the University since 2002.

3.Which building are you based in?

You can find me in room L515 Allerton.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

I joined the School as part of significant ‘restructuring’ of the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences a few years ago.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Attending the graduation ceremony for the first cohort of our postgraduate students on the recently introduced MSc.

6.What is your biggest dream?

To witness the elimination of racial, religious and gendered prejudice in my lifetime (unrealistic I know but it does state ‘dream’!)

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I love mountain biking, hiking and spending time with my three kids and wife.

8.What was your first job?

I worked in a technical coatings factory as a junior warehouse person and was given far too much responsibility for a 16 year old! I remember whizzing around on an electric pallet truck, devising a chemical storage inventory and having to escape the weekly hazard of fires!

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Achieving my PhD, I spent almost a year living in the city of Karachi as part of my fieldwork and witnessed some fairly traumatic events involving politically motivated fatal violence and street crime.

10.What would make your job easier?

An Apple Macbook Air and if Salford was closer to Rossendale!

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

It’s really important to have a healthy work/home balance. Make sure you protect valuable personal time with your friends and family and try not to work on weekends.

60 seconds with Christopher Birkbeck, Professor of Criminology

6 July 2016

 chris31.What is your position within the School?

I am a Professor of Criminology.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I joined the University of Salford in 2006, and relocated to this school in September 2013.

3.Which building are you based in?

I am based in the Allerton Building and my office number is L516.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

When I joined the university, the Criminology and Sociology programme was located in another school. The move to NMSWSS has been very interesting because it puts us in the same school as colleagues who specialise in Social Work or Social Policy, which are quite closely related to some of the teaching and research that we do. There are also some important links between the criminal justice and health care sectors, which we are now starting to explore.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Securing approval to open our MSc – The Criminal Justice Process (in 2014) and our BSc Criminology with Counselling (starting in 2017).

6.What is your biggest dream?

For cooperation to replace competition.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I love to go running, listen to music, watch films, drive to nowhere in particular and drink a good cup of coffee.

8.What was your first job?

A very junior assistant in a butcher’s shop. I mainly worked on a delivery round, but I can still remember being sent to get a cow’s tongue from the bottom of a huge vat in the walk-in fridge where they were stored in vinegar.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Personally: the chance to work in three different countries (the UK, the US, Venezuela).

Professionally: I hope to have been ‘a zero on the right, and not a zero on the left’. (This is a saying in South America: a zero on the right of a number multiplies it by ten; a zero on the left makes no difference whatsoever.)

10.What would make your job easier?

An ability to say ‘no!’ and thereby resist the temptations of so many interesting projects.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Always ask for advice.

60 seconds with Ian Cummins, Senior Lecturer in Social Work

12 June 2016
Ian Cummins

Ian Cummins

1.What is your position within the School?

I am in a Senior Lecturer in Social Work.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I have been at Salford since November  2003.

3.Which building are you based in?

Allerton C607.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

The current school was formed from the previous school  where I was based.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

Jackie Kay the Chancellor agreed to attend a reading group with students to discuss her brilliant memoir Red Dust Road.

6.What is your biggest dream?

A sabbatical at Berkeley.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I read quite a lot and shout at the radio.

8.What was your first job?

I worked on Saturday at Sainsbury’s – the manger told me it was my duty that wherever I saw a Sainsburty trolley it was my duty to return it to the nearest store. A code I have lived by ever since.

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

At work being introduced to students’ families and loved ones at Graduation

10.What would make your job easier?

Less admin.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

Buy Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System available from Critical Publishing  – it is excellent.

60 seconds with Tina Patel, Senior Lecturer in Criminology

6 June 2016
Dr. Tina Patel

Dr. Tina Patel

1.What is your position within the School?

I’m a Senior Lecturer in Criminology. I’m also the Programme Leader for the undergraduate degree programmes in Criminology; Criminology & Sociology; Sociology.

2.How long have you worked in the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences, University of Salford? 

I joined the University of Salford in August 2008 as a lecturer in Criminology, and joined the School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work and Social Sciences a few years ago.

3.Which building are you based in?

I can be found in room L522 in the Allerton Building.

4.Why did you choose to work within the School?

I like the challenges and opportunities that the School presents me with.

5.What is your most memorable moment of being in the School?

I have many. But I think one of my most memorable moments was when I was interviewed for my application to be a Senior Lecturer in July 2014 … not least because I had just given birth a week earlier! Making it to the interview on time and being able to actually enjoy the interview was a huge personal achievement for me given everything else that was going on at the time.

6.What is your biggest dream?

My biggest dream is for everyone to think seriously and usefully about the injustices in our world, and then start to make meaningful movement towards ending them. I’d especially like to see an end to racialised injustice. In terms of academia and education, I’d like to see a higher education system that is more freely accessible.

7.When you are not at work what do you do to relax?

I like running, cooking and DIY. I also enjoy spending time with friends. I love being with my family and making playdoh animals with my children.

8.What was your first job?

I worked at a chocolate factory (for a very famous company). I used to unwrap out-of-date chocolate, and then got promoted to the wrapping and bagging line – even today, I still can’t look at slab of chocolate without feeling sick!!!

9. What has been your greatest achievement?

Getting my PhD. Not bad given that my GCSE careers advisor told me I’d never even get enough GCSEs to do A-levels!!!

10.What would make your job easier?

A penthouse style office. A PA. A Nespresso machine. A personal chef to make my lunch. A driver to take me from campus to campus. And, if all that’s not possible – I’d say a rethink on how we use emails and why we hold meetings would give me back lots of precious time to spend on being academic.

11.Finally, what one piece of advice would you give to students/colleagues?

If you really want something, make it happen. An important part of that (after the dreaming of course) is the planning – what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and so on. Planning is just as important as the doing.