Skills Development

To prepare students for their future careers, and ensure they have the skills that graduate employers are looking for, we focus on skills development both within the curriculum and in the extra-curricular opportunities we offer.


Working with classified police data

We have very close links with Lancashire Constabulary.  This means that Criminology students get the opportunity to work alongside the police in an exciting and unique third year module, 'Criminal Justice Research'.  Students work with classified police data from their intelligence and information systems.  They work on topics that align with the police’s priorities and students produce findings that have an impact on police practice. The module involves students developing much sought after quantitative and data analysis skills.  Students who have completed this course have worked on understanding the criminal careers of offenders involved in the use of firearms, and how the police go about the process of assessing risk in cases of domestic abuse.

Data is everywhere. It is gathered and used by all manner of organisations and businesses within the field of criminal justice and outside of it, in the public and the private sector.  The potential of data and its analysis is huge and as such there is an increasing demand in the workplace for skills that allow effective understanding of data and what it can tell us about the phenomena it is measuring.  Therefore this module provides students with vital skills that will help not just in the process of getting work upon graduation but also skills that will be valuable throughout their career.

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The Lancaster Award

The Lancaster Award recognises student achievement outside of their academic studies in relation to volunteering, work experience, and campus activity. The Award builds the skills necessary to enhance the position of students in a competitive graduate job market. For more information about the Award click here.

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Skills and Employability Workshops

The university careers service runs workshops throughout the year focusing on the development of students' skills in areas such as leadership and communication to prepare them for the world of work. We also have a member of the Criminology academic staff who, alongside the career service, works individually with students to provide guidance for students when planning for their career paths after their degree.