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Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Professor Peter Francis BA (Hons) Government and Public Policy, MA Criminology

Peter-FrancisWith over twenty years’ experience, Professor Peter Francis’ career spans all aspects of academia, from learning and teaching to research and enterprise.  His extensive experience regionally and nationally, which includes acting as a Senior Advisor to the Home Office, means that he is extremely well placed to help shape the academic agenda for a university that is research rich, business engaged and known for its academic excellence.

Since joining Northumbria University in January 1994, Professor Francis has shaped the development of the University’s criminology curriculum and provision.  By developing a discipline from the ground up, Professor Francis gained invaluable experience in creating courses that are research informed but remain relevant to external employers, and that offer a high quality student learning experience.

As well as lecturing, Professor Francis has worked in a variety of posts across the university including Head of Department (Arts), Head of Department (Social Sciences), Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning), and Associate Dean (Academic) giving him a breadth of knowledge and  invaluable insight into the need to support student engagement at all stages of their journey. He was appointed to his current post on the 1st November 2013.

Research Themes and Scholarly Interests

Professor Francis’s published research has focussed on victims and victimisation, criminological research methods, and crime and social divisions.

Professor Francis is currently co-writing and editing a book on Victims, Crime and Society for Sage Publications, and co-writing and editing a volume on Invisible Crime, Social Harm and Global Justice for Palgrave Macmillan. He is also writing a textbook on Contemporary Criminological Theory for Sage Publications.

He has supervised PHD study in the areas of young people and bullying, domestic violence and rurality, community policing, the culture of policing, and youth justice and partnership working.

Over the last twenty years he has undertaken consultancy, evaluation and research activity for a variety of public, private and third sector organisations and agencies nationally and regionally. Between 2000 and 2008 he was Director of the Community Safety Research Unit (CRSU), and between 2002 and 2008 Professor Francis was one of ten appointed Senior Advisors to the Home Office.

He currently teaches Criminological Theory to second year students, and supervises Dissertation research to final year criminology students.

Professor Francis was inaugurated as Professor of Learning and Teaching on 16th October 2013.

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