Professor of Criminology

Milton Keynes/online, United Kingdom Salary : £74,351 to £ 83,251 Full time

  • Contract Type: Salary : £74,351 to £ 83,251
  • Placed on: 01 Sep 2023
  • Closes: 25 Sep 2023

The OPen University welcomes applicants with any area of expertise in crime, harm or criminalisation.  Publications commensurate with the role of Chair will be expected, experience of leadership and mentoring as well as a collaborative approach are essential. Some evidence of bidding for external grant funding would be advantageous. The role will involve leading the development of a new postgraduate degree in Criminology, as well as contributing more generally to the curriculum in the Department of Social Policy and Criminology within the School of Social Sciences and Global Studies. Please visit the discipline page for more information on the Department of Social Policy and Criminology

Skills and Experience 

Education, qualifications and training


  • PhD in Criminology
  • Experience of working at senior lecturer or reader level or equivalent
  • Ability to work collaboratively as part of a team and to lead the development of a new postgraduate degree in criminology.
  • Publications appropriate to level of experience
  • Ability to work collaboratively and provide intellectual leadership.

Knowledge, work and other relevant experience


  • A demonstrable track record of working in, and an ongoing commitment to, criminology.
  • An interest in and commitment to distance learning shown through a desire to develop effective multi-media teaching and enhancing teaching and learning through a Virtual Learning Environment in ways suitable for students from a wide range of backgrounds.
  • An ability to work collaboratively, supportively and collegially with others in interdisciplinary teaching, research and wider institutional contexts.
  • A research and publication profile that complements or extends existing expertise within the discipline.
  • Evidence of a research profile that is of a high standard consistent with potential inclusion in the REF.
  • Evidence of the potential to develop generation of external research funding.
  • Excellent writing and communication skills.
  • Evidence of an ability to produce work to a high standard and to agreed deadlines.


  • Experience of working in open or distance-teaching and developing multi-media teaching particularly through a virtual learning environment.
  • An ability to extend and consolidate the public engagement and impact activities of Social Policy and Criminology, the School and the Faculty.
  • A demonstrable interest in criminological or harm-based studies of race, ethnicity or related subjects, and/or with a demonstrable commitment to post-colonial or Southern perspectives.

Personal abilities and qualities

  • Strong commitment to practices of equality and diversity.
  • Commitment to values of The Open University.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with co-workers and colleagues ‘at a distance’.
  • Flexibility and adaptability of working practices.

The full summary of duties and person specification can be found within the Job Description below.

If you would like to discuss the particulars of this role before making an application, please contact Professor Louise Westmarland at 

The full summary of duties and skills required for the role can be found within the Job Description below.

If you would like to discuss the application or recruitment process before making an application, please contact Resourcing Hub on 01908 655544 or quoting the reference VRF 21123

How to apply

Unless otherwise stated in the advert, all applications are completed online via the instructions on The OU Job’s page. A

Interview date: To be confirmed.