Sarah Plimley


School of Justice, Security and Sustain

I am a Lecturer based within the Criminology Team in the department of Criminology, Policing and Forensic Science at Staffordshire University. I have a background in working with offenders who are resettling into the community after custody, as well as experience researching in the field for private companies.

I returned to education as a mature student to study Psychology and Criminology to compliment my areas of interest and support career development. I graduated from this course with a 1st class Honours degree and have since progressed to research my PhD and undertake the PgCHPE qualification in education.

Since graduating I have taught and supported a variety of undergraduate and post graduate modules including;

  • The Criminal Justice Process
  • Crime and Deviance in the modern era
  • Designing and Conducting Quantitative Research
  • Designing your dissertation project
  • Punishment and Penology
  • Mastering Project Design and Research Practice

I am involved in many areas of research related to the Criminal Justice System, as well as being a founding member of the British Society of Criminology – Prison Research Network. I am currently Deputy Chair of this network, our primary focus is to share research opportunities and bring together academics, practitioners and learners to work cooperatively on research in prisons.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Member of the British Society of Criminology
  • Chartered Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society.
  • Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy 


  • Online Research
  • Data analysis
  • Quantitative and Qualitative research
  • Working with offenders
  • Safeguarding
  • Pastoral care
  • Criminal Justice

Research interests

  • Austerity and the Criminal Justice System
  • The Special Police Force
  • Desistance
  • Resettlement
  • Rehabilitation
  • Marketisation in the Criminal Justice System
  • Business Crime
  • Female offending



  • The Criminal Justice Process
  • Quantitative Research methods
  • Punishment and Penology


Plimley, S.L. and Krahenbuhl, S., 2019. “Proud to be a Special”: a qualitative study exploring the experiences of Special Constables in the UK. Safer Communities.

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