Dr Craig Stafford

P/T Lecturer (Hrly) - Crim Just & Forens

School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I completed my PhD at the University of Liverpool in 2019, with a thesis exploring the impact of female drunkenness in Victorian Lancashire. I am a qualified teacher and have experience in both Further Education (FE) and Higher Education (HE).  My first teaching role was at Salford College, where I taught Basic Skills to adults. I have taught History at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk and at University of Liverpool, where I currently hold a fixed-term, part-time position in the Department of History. I am part-time Lecturer at Staffordshire University. 

Academic qualifications

  • PhD, ‘The Worst of Drunkards’: Female Drunkenness in Mid-Victorian Lancashire’, University of Liverpool
  • MA, British Social History, Lancaster University
  • BA (Hons), History, Edge Hill University

Research interests

  • Sentencing patterns
  • Policing
  • Life course of offenders
  • Social investigation



  • History of crime and punishment


‘‘The evil is one of the utmost gravity’: female drunkenness and Strangeways Prison, 1869-1875’ Prison Services Journal, 246, Nov 2019


‘Exploring Sentencing Patterns for Female Drunkenness and Crimes of Violence in Mid-Victorian Lancashire’

Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire (Dec 2017)


in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021