Free talks uncover the truth about real-life crime

"These events offer the public a unique opportunity to discover more about Staffordshire University and our academics' innovative research which has impact in the community and across the globe."

Julie Odams, Head of Communications

The hidden world of prisons, gun crime and political scandal are all under discussion in a series of free talks at Staffordshire University this autumn.

Members of the public are invited to the return of the popular 'Profs in the Pav' series which will see top academics offer insights into their research at the Beacon Building’s Pavilion eatery on College Rd.

Professor of Criminology James Treadwell will kick off the series on Monday 1 October drawing on the contents of his new book '50 facts everyone should know about crime and punishment in Britain' co-authored with Adam Lynes.

He explained: “I intend to take a serious, factual and yet accessible look at some of the key things I think people should know about crime and debates about crime in England and Wales today  ̵  from the levels of crime we record, to how as a society we respond.”

James has carried out extensive research in the field and he will reveal the myths and realities of crime in contemporary Britain during the talk.

He added: “I particularly intend to use this as a platform to talk about the hidden world of prisons and how we use prisons today. I aim, in keeping with the book, to make it relevant and of interest to anyone who just wants to know a bit more about crime today.”

Other talks in the series include an interactive journey following the life of a gun from creation to destruction with Associate Professor of Forensic Science Rachel Bolton-King and Associate Professor of Modern History Tony Craig will unravel the current allegations being made regarding Russian intelligence interference in the 2016 US Presidential election.

There is also a special talk hosted in Dudley's Café at the Blackheath Lane campus in Stafford, with senior lecturer in sexual health Margaret Bannerman offering a fascinating insight into the specialist roles of Forensic Health Practitioner working in Custody and the Forensic Nurse Examiner (FNE) in Sexual Assault settings.

Julie Odams, Head of Communications, said: “We're really excited to bring back Profs in the Pav with this special crime series. These events offer the public a unique opportunity to discover more about Staffordshire University and our academics' innovative research which has impact in the community and across the globe.

“I'd encourage everyone to come onto campus to join us for complimentary refreshments and some thought-provoking discussion!”

The Profs in the Pav: The Crime Series programme is as follows:

  • 5 Things everyone should know about crime by Professor James Treadwell, Monday 1 October at 17:30 – 19:00

  • Believe, Listen and respect - Victims v Perpetrators by Associate Professor Margaret Bannerman, 25 October at 17:30 – 19:00 (Dudley’s Café at Blackheath Lane, Stafford)

  • A shot in the dark: Follow that gun by Associate Professor Rachel Bolton King, Monday 5 November at 17:30 – 19:00

  • Trump, Russia and international election crime by Associate Professor Tony Craig, 3 December at 17:30 – 19:00

To book your place at any of the above events please email comms@staffs.ac.uk or call 01782 295860. Further information about all Staffordshire University events can be found at www.staffs.ac.uk/events/

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