Wiltshire College & University Centre staged its first-ever Criminology Conference at the Trowbridge campus on Monday as students explored a range of interesting topics relating to crime and the criminal justice system.
The event was held in conjunction with Bridgwater & Taunton College as students from both sites got to expand their understanding of the diverse world of criminology courtesy of a range of expert speakers.
Criminology staff members at Wiltshire College & University Centre, Lily Raynor-Blundell, Claire Eggleton and Jez Thomas, were joined by Ioni Ossini, lecturer in Criminology at Bridgwater & Taunton College, in delivering talks at the Arc Theatre on the campus, as did students past and present. Laura Hoban, a current HND Crime and Criminal Justice student at the College, and former student Casey Simpson, who is now studying BSc Crime and Criminal Justice at the University of Gloucestershire, gave their thoughts on the sector.
Several expert guest speakers also took to the stage and included, Jim Cunningham, Community Peer Mentor Manager of the Office of the Durham Police and Crime Commissioner, and Criminal Defence Solicitor Advocate Fiona Taylor.
All speakers then took part in a panel discussion to conclude the day’s activities, fielding questions from students.
Lily Raynor-Blundell, Programme Lead for Wiltshire College & University Centre’s HND Crime and Criminal Justice course, said: “We were delighted to be able to bring so many students together to allow them to gain a more in-depth knowledge of the range of interesting topics that criminology encompasses.
“There was a really diverse range of talks, and all of them were inspiring and captivating. We are grateful to all of our guest speakers for giving up their time to take part in the event. I know hearing what they all had to say will be hugely beneficially to all the students who attended.”
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