UCL launches new Dawes Centre for Future Crime and new MSc in Policing – scholarships available

UCL’s Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science is home to some of the UK’s leading research in crime reduction. Now, following a £3.7m grant from the Dawes Trust it has set up a new centre to identify emerging crime threats, working with front-line law enforcement to deliver pre-emptive interventions for the benefit of society. The centre, driven by the recognition that technological and societal change leads inevitably to new types of crime, will focus on key questions such as: Which emerging crimes should we focus upon, given limited resources? 

Professor Shane Johnson, Director of the new Dawes Centre says: The past thirty years have demonstrated that paradigm shifts in technology lead inevitably to the emergence of new types of crime and offenders. We are all familiar with the rapid rise of cybercrime brought on by the ‘digital revolution, but crime opportunities will also be presented by developments in, for example, nanotechnology, robotics and cybernetics. In a very real sense such crimes of the future are an emergent property of the advance of civilisation. It is not a question of if new criminal opportunities will be exploited, but when and how. The challenge is in both forecasting the nature and spread of such crimes, and in tackling them effectively before they become established.

A new MSc in Policing

Alongside the new centre the department has also leveraged its world-leading experience in working with police organisations to launch a new MSc in Policing, accenting on evidence-based policing and police leadership. Course leader, Dr Jyoti Belur, explains what makes the course so distinct: This course is aimed at law enforcement professionals wishing to become future leaders and managers. The programme will foster principles of ethical leadership, procedural justice, and evidence-based practice to increase public confidence and promote police legitimacy. Our graduates will be equipped to meet modern day policing challenges of shrinking resources, increased complexity of new crime types such as transnational organized crime, terrorism, and cybercrime, and will be armed with the scientific knowledge to be effective, efficient and competent leaders.

Scholarships are currently available for the MSc in Policing, the MSc in Countering Organised Crime and Terrorism (see here: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/scs/degree-programmes/postgraduate/scholarships), and also for future crime PhD opportunities through the Dawes Centre (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/secret/secret_ news/2017-scholarships).

Our courses attract a strong mix of serving police officers as well as first time students, and this has been a key reason for their outstanding success. In the last Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014) 100% of research submissions by the department were considered world-leading in terms of impact, placing the department 1st out of 62 institutions in the unit of assessment. The department is based at University College London, ranked 7th best university in the world in the 2015/16 QS World University Rankings.

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