Blackburn students included in major Oxford text book
An academic from the University Centre at Blackburn College has celebrated the publication of his first major text book with a launch event on Thursday 6th April at the College.
Dr Phil Johnson, Course Leader for BA (Hons) Criminology unveiled his book “Criminology” at a launch event in the University Centre’s lecture theatre.
The text book launch is particularly poignant for former students Hayley Bury, Barry Smith and Emma McNally who attended the launch event.
Hayley Bury and Barry Smith who both completed their BA (Hons) Criminology degree in 2016, provided written submissions which are included in the text book and Emma McNally’s project Cycle Roots CIC, a Blackburn-based social enterprise project is given particular focus.
Hayley Bury, who is now a Youth Inclusion and Dispersed Outreach Worker for Nightsafe said:
“It’s really bizarre to see something you have written in a text book. It’s a real privilege and an honour to be included.”
The former chef, who retrained after being made redundant added:
“Phil of course asked permission if my work could be included but also explained that it would still be subject to a peer review and may not make the final edit. To see that it did make the grade is great.”
Barry Smith, who is currently completing a PGCE (Education and Training), after completing his BA (Hons) Criminology degree said:
“I’m currently teaching Criminology students for the placement part of my PGCE. It’s a great feeling that I’ll be able to refer to a text book in my classes that includes my own work.”
The graduates were presented with their own personal copies of the text book by Dr Johnson.
The text is co-authored by Professor Stephen Case from Loughborough University, David Manlow from the University of Westminster, Professor Roger Smith from Durham University and Professor Katherine Williams, from Aberystwyth University.
Dr Johnson was invited by Professor Stephen Case to become a co-author for the text – lending his experience particularly to the graduate employability and criminal justice sections.
The launch marks the 20th anniversary of students studying Criminology at Blackburn College.
Dr Johnson said: “The teaching of higher education Criminology in Blackburn has always focused on the needs of the students and the book seeks to meet this aim through relevant personal examples that provide meaning for everyone who uses it.
“The main point of the book is to encourage undergraduates to recognise that at university, they are responsible for producing knowledge not just consuming it. This focus on higher-level skills can equip the reader with the tools they need for developing a sustainable career in the justice sector.”
The text also includes a written submission from former student Saima Afzal MBE who explains how her degree in Criminology has influenced her work into forced marriages and domestic violence.
At 39 Saima was recognised for this work when she received the MBE for her Services to Policing and Community Relations in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.
The text, which is designed to work in partnership with the Oxford Handbook of Criminology, is the first book that Oxford University Press have published in full colour.
The text, Criminology, will be available to purchase from the 30th March 2017. Dr Johnson, 46, joined Blackburn College in 1995 as part of the Law teaching team before starting the Criminology provision two years later.
The former Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School student attended the University of Sheffield to study Law before completing his PhD in Applied Social Science at Lancaster University whilst working full-time at Blackburn College.
7 Apr 2017, 10:08 AM