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Expert Criminologist Welcomed to University

Released: 16.02.16


An internationally acclaimed Criminologist with 25 years’ experience has joined the University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth, as part of a number of strategic appointments in the senior team.

Lystra Dr Hagley-Dickinson joins the University as Head of Department of Social Sciences and Associate Professor of Law and Criminology.

Dr Hagley-Dickinson’s fascination with studying social justice was sparked whilst working as a lawyer with clients on death row in Trinidad & Tobago. She says “I am looking forward to sharing my passion for social justice and criminology with students at the University of St Mark and St John, and perhaps inspiring some of them to follow in my footsteps.”

She has worked in Education, Government, the European Union and the community and voluntary sectors and has taught law, criminology and social sciences at the University of the West Indies, the University of Birmingham and the University of Northampton.  

Launching a new Department for Social Sciences, she said: “My vision is to be part of the exciting growth of the University and to welcome students to dynamic new programmes in psychology, criminology and theology. I also have ambitions to develop at least two research centres in Disability and Ethics.”

With an MSc in Criminology from the University of the West Indies and a PhD in Law from the University of Birmingham, Dr Hagley-Dickinson has written extensively about Caribbean criminology, Black, Asian and minority ethnic offenders’ experiences and prisoner resettlement in England and Wales. 

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