Dr Nicola J Roberts


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Programme Leader for Criminology

I graduated in 2006 with my doctorate in Criminology from the University of Bath. For this, I analysed the ways in which the probation service constructed the treatment of intimately violent offenders. Previously, I had studied at Teesside University and graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Criminology. I also studied at the Scarman Centre, at the University of Leicester and graduated with an MSc in Criminology (with distinction).

For my master's research, I evaluated a domestic violence perpetrator programme delivered by the probation service and an NGO. My interest and links with the probation service stem from my time as a probation practitioner and volunteer. In 2007, I began my Senior Lectureship in Criminology at the University of Sunderland and in 2009 I obtained my MA in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education from the University. For this master's research, I aimed to understand what matters to university students and how this played out in their learning. I continued to carry out educational research in HE and I am now a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.    

I continue to carry out research in the field of gender-based violence evaluating services for victims/survivors of domestic and sexual violence, as well as researching violence experienced by university students.

Teaching and supervision

I teach on the BSc (Hons) Criminology programme.  

I am module leader for and teach on the following modules:

  • SSC 103 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • SSC 222 Offender Management in Criminal Justice 
  • SSC 317 Violence, Gender and Society 
  • SSC 315 Criminology Dissertation 

For SSC 315, I supervise undergraduate students researching domestic violence, criminal justice and punishment.


Research interests for potential research students

My research interests are:

  • gender-based violence - domestic and sexual violence, and homicide
  • prosecuting and punishing perpetrators of gender-based violence
  • rehabilitation and offender management of domestic violence offenders
  • the probation service 
  • media representations of gender-based violence
  • gender and the fear of crime - perceived risks and strategies adopted

Research

I have two active areas of research: pedagogical/educational research and criminological research.

I am currently carrying out a three year longitudinal retention project that examines three consecutive first year cohorts on an undergraduate programme to ascertain significant factors between students who stayed on the programme and those who dropped out of the programme.

I am currently part of a research team, evaluating a project for domestic violence victims/survivors. I have also just completed a project, as part of a research team, which explored students' experiences of gender-based violence, whilst at university. My other most recent research project, which I have completed sole-authored, examined how male and female students adopted strategies to stay-safe and prevent criminal victimisation, on-campus.

Publications

Number of items: 21.

Article

Roberts, Nicola (2018) Gender, Sexual Danger and the Everyday Management of Risks: The social control of young females. Journal of Gender-Based Violence. ISSN 2398-6808 (In Press)

Roberts, Nicola (2013) Teaching Academics to Teach: About Pedagogy. Emerge, 5. pp. 1-16.

Book Section

Roberts, Nicola (2018) Inspecting ‘Transforming Rehabilitation’: The pitfalls of an austerity managerialist approach to offender supervision. In: Austerity Policies. Palgrave, pp. 121-146. ISBN 978-3-319-79120-3

Roberts, Nicola (2013) 'Probation and Risk: The paradox of 'rehabilitating' intimately violent men'. In: Constructing Risky Identities in Policy and Practice. Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 163-180. ISBN 978-1-137-27608-7

Monograph

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola, Tudor, Kate and Durey, Matthew (2016) Emerald Project Interim Report. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola and Durey, Matthew (2015) The Criminology Retention Project: First-year preliminary findings. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2011) Understanding Student Retention from the Tutor’s Perspective: What can be done to develop best-practice pedagogies? Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola and Wilcock, Angela (2011) Tyneside Rape Crisis Centre Grace - Northumberland Sexual Violence Project: Evaluation and sustainability report. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Clayton, John, Merchant, Jacqueline and Roberts, Nicola (2011) An exploration of the impact of the Coalition Government's spending review on the North East and how the Department of Social Sciences might respond. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2010) Understanding Student Retention: What can be done to enhance students' experiences of academic study. Project Report. University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Conference or Workshop Item

Roberts, Nicola and Donovan, Catherine (2017) Agency, Resistance And The Non ‘Ideal Victim’: How Women Deal With Everyday Sexual Violence. In: CASS Seminar Series., 29 Nov 2017, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine and Roberts, Nicola (2017) Developing and Promoting Safer Communities of Learners. In: Social Policy Association Annual Conference, 10-12 Jul 2017, Durham University. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola, Tudor, Kate and Durey, Matthew (2017) Help-Seeking of Students. In: Symposium, Tackling Gender-Based Violence in Universities, 14 Mar 2017, Newcastle University. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola, Tudor, Kate and Durey, Matthew (2017) Initial Findings from the Emerald Project: Exploring relationships between structural vulnerabilities and perceptions and experiences of violence and abuse amongst students. In: CASS Seminar Series, 2017, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2016) Increasing Visibility and Control in the Environment to Stay Safe: Students’ Strategies and the Significance of Gender. In: CASS Seminar Series, 2016, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola and Durey, Matthew (2015) The Criminology Retention Project: Developing a methodology to monitor student retention. In: North East Regional Learning and Teaching Conference, Student Engagement, 2015, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Donovan, Catherine, Roberts, Nicola and Durey, Matthew (2014) Teaching Gendered Violence: The impact upon students’ thoughts (and attitudes). In: Learning Enhancement Conference, 2014, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2011) Managing Men's Risks of Harm: Women's rights to safety, and the responsibility of the 'state' for intimate partner violence. In: British Society of Criminology Annual Conference, 3 - 6 Jul 2011, Northumbria University. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2011) The National Probation Service and Intimate Partner Violence: A discourse of risk, compliant men and the acceptance of violence against women. In: Equalities and Social Justice Research Seminar Series, March 2011, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2011) Understanding Student Retention from the Tutor's Perspective: What can be done to develop best-practice pedagogies? In: Learning Enhancement Conference, 2011, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

Roberts, Nicola (2009) Working with Perpetrators of Domestic Violence: Some challenges for probation-run perpetrator programmes. In: Northern Rock Foundation Seminar Series, 2009, University of Sunderland. (Unpublished)

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Areas of expertise

My areas of expertise focus on gender-based violence - domestic and sexual violence, and homicide - particularly unpacking the extent, nature and contexts of such violence, as well as examining the criminal justice response to domestic violence offenders, notably the punishment and rehabilitation of such offenders.

Further information

External Examiner
I am currently an external (module) examiner for a suite of modules on a range of undergraduate criminology programmes at Teesside University.

Membership
I am a member of the British Society of Criminology.

Professional Recognition
I am a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.