School of Criminology

Scarman Lectures

Since 2008, Criminology at Leicester has invited high profile guest speakers to deliver papers on current issues in criminology, criminal justice, policing and community safety. These lectures are open to staff and students of the University of Leicester, and to the general public.

The School of Criminology at the University of Leicester would like to announce this year’s Annual Scarman Lecture 2023 entitled “Policing and Sexual Violence: Reflecting on challenges and opportunities for change” will take place on Wednesday 27 September 2023 from 17:00 via either Teams Live or in person within the Peter Williams Lecture Theatre.

Using policing and practice as a lens through which to focus on the issue of sexual violence, this year’s Lecture not only re-aligns the series with the legacy of Scarman but so too the same historical origins that prompted its naming.
Please join us for a 35 minute discussion (followed by questions), chaired by Dr Emma Sleath with the following experts:
Jayne Butler who is the CEO at Rape Crisis England & Wales, the membership body for Rape Crisis centres and the charity working to end sexual violence and abuse. Jayne has spent almost 20 years working in social justice focussed organisations on issues including asylum and immigration, mental health, child sexual exploitation and access to justice. Jayne joined RCEW as CEO in April 2021. She is an experienced public commentator on victims’ rights, with a particular expertise on sexual violence.

Superintendent Manjit Atwal, a Leicestershire Police "role model," has been awarded the Queen's Police Medal (QPM). She received the medal in recognition of her dedication to Policing and the support she has shown to others throughout her career spanning over 27 years. Manjit has been nominated as a "truly inspiring officer in policing." She joined the force in 1996, at that time a mother of two small children, driven by a desire to do something for herself and serve the community.
Throughout her time in service, Manjit has worked in 18 different areas of policing, including neighbourhood policing, youth offending, operational planning, intelligence gathering, and counterterrorism. She is nationally trained as a hostage and crisis negotiator. Her current role has taken her to a National level, as the Violence Against Women and Girls Programme (VAWG) lead seconded to the College of Policing and working with the National VAWG Lead DCC Maggie Blyth.

This event is free and open to all. For more information and to claim your free ticket please visit the Eventbrite page.

View a list of previous year's lectures, some of which are available to listen to on SoundCloud.

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