Criminology students hit the USA!


Students from the University of Derby on a criminology field trip to the USA today enjoyed a fascinating encounter with a leading practitioner in a key area of criminal justice practice.

In a unique learning experience which reflects the growing reputation for cutting-edge criminology for which Derby is renowned, the students spent the day in Hollywood at the world famous Universal Studios, where they met with Melissa Allgood, who is Director of Loss Prevention for Universal (pictured).

Loss Prevention is about fighting crime by preventing financial or other losses in a business environment. It is a crucial area for anyone studying criminology, as every business wants to avoid losing revenue by theft, whether it is by their own employees or by customers.

Few criminology students, however, have the chance to develop their knowledge of this fascinating area by learning about the secrets of loss prevention at first hand from a leading expert in Hollywood.

Melissa drew on over twenty years of practice experience as a leading loss prevention specialist to deliver a dynamic and engaging presentation, which offered the students a comprehensive range of insights into loss prevention.

The students found the whole experience especially useful in understanding how crime can be combated in a large business such as Universal. All were agreed that they learned some invaluable lessons for their future criminological careers.

The students were clearly inspired by Melissa’s generosity in sharing her hard-won secrets and left Universal Studios with the knowledge that few universities can offer students such an ambitious, hands-on learning experience.

The students were accompanied by Dr Phil Hodgson, Head of Criminology, and his colleagues Charlotte Hargreaves and Dr Michael Teague.


Dale – Fun history stuff

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It suddenly dawned on me today that I haven’t actually told you about the real stuff we learn about in History. Seeing as this is basically my job, let me introduce you to the course!

You start in first year (naturally), with a few induction days. These get you introduced to the history course, and the rest of your course mates and lecturers. You will most likely go to Kedleston Hall (a VERY nice country house located near the city) for the day where you’ll look around and generally mingle with all these new people. You’ll also go on tours around the city, and maybe even stop in at a few pubs along the way…

Throughout the year the courses you’ll do cover British history from the mid-1400s to mid-1900s (across two separate modules), and the same again but in wider Europe. You also look at Russia mid-1800s to early 1900s, and finally a more general history skills module. In addition to this there is always the chance to go on trips to places like London and the nearby Peak District, just to further your experience with history at Derby.

Second and third years are much of the same, but obviously with different modules and available activities. Modules in second year include a look at the First World War, Ethnic and Cultural Minorities in Europe, Gender roles through the ages, Europe between wars, and how medicine has changed in the past 500 years. The Public History module is about delivering your very own history conference (more information on that soon!), and of course the research project is a smaller version of the third year dissertation.

Speaking of which, the so-called monster that is the dissertation comes in the final year. The straight up 10,000 word project is surrounded with more modules ranging from looking at country houses, the rise and fall of Yugoslavia, China through the ages, and a look at diplomacy and international relations around the world.

As you can see the History course in general offers so much variety that it’s difficult to find something you won’t enjoy whilst you’re here. There’s a lot to do, but I promise you’ll enjoy it.

Scott – Journalism Taster Day 29/01/2015


Here’s a short video I have shot and edited myself at the the University of Derby’s Journalism Taster Day!

This day allows students who have chosen Derby on their UCAS application to come and have a look around the fantastic facilities we have here for the journalism course.

They also got a chance to speak to the lecturers and even some current students for those that were lucky enough.

Take a look, it might give you a bit of help and advice you need!

Dale – Top 5 tips for Halls

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  1. Be friendly! On your first few days away from home things are going to be weird. You’ll be truly living by yourself, no more ‘responsible adult’ to help you live! But this in no way means you’re alone; you’re now living with up to 6 people you have most likely never met before! Sound scary? Trust me, it isn’t. Everyone in halls is in the same position, and luckily you and your new flatmates will be going through a lot together. There’s a chance you’ll encounter someone you would never have seen yourself associating with, but as it turns out they are the person you’ll get closest to! So be friendly, don’t rule anyone out when you first move in because these people may well become you’re new best friends over the next two weeks.
  2. Be nice to your cleaner. Trust me, this one is important. First year flats are renowned for being some of the messiest and dirtiest places in the UK, so when there is some secret fairy godparent that comes in once a week and aids the situation, you need to treat them well! This means no practical jokes on them; no upside-down glasses of water on the table, no collections of toilet roll tubes lying around, and certainly no blanket forts! Instead, try clearing the washing up away, try taking out the bins, and try clearing the hallway of any post-night out debris. Help them, and they’ll help you.
  3. Keep your food supplies up. Though this is a general tip for any walk of life, food is good. What helped me through many long nights of essay deadline rushing was my stockpile of work food: biscuits, chocolate bars and salted peanuts were my favourites. Keep a healthy (though not so healthy in the long run) supply of these snacks in your room so when the inevitable 3am hunger sets in, you’re fully equipped to handle it.
  4. Use the services available. Halls has many many facilities right there for you to use, less than 1 minute walk away! Need help with a personal matter? The RA’s are on hand to have a chat with you 24/7! Shower light not working anymore? The maintenance staff will be round as soon as you tell them about the problem! Don’t want to clear up after having a party? The common room is available to hire out for the night (just make sure you leave it in a suitable condition!) There’s loads going on at halls which you might not even know about, just make sure to ask!
  5. Make it your own. Lastly, the move away from home can be a big deal, and can definitely affect you more than you think it will. Making your room personal to you will help with the homesickness, whilst letting your new flatmates know a little bit more about you. There are boards to pin up calendars and posters and shelves for you to fill with your own stuff, so use it!