The Centre for Crime, Justice and Security invites all PGRs to the Virtual Coffee Room!  This weekly event will be an informal place for you to connect with other PGRs, share ideas and set aims for the week – or just to say hello! This will be a no pressure environment and you can get involved as much or as little as you want.

It’s Time to Write! Researcher’s Writing Room

The Centre for Crime, Justice and Security invites you to their regular writing retreats as part of their programme of activities and events. These will be run every Wednesday (1-3pm) via Teams. 

Recognising the rapidly evolving impact of Covid-19, our writing retreats will allow researchers to use dedicated writing time to progress any project in a supportive, non-surveillance environment.  The 2-hour session will include a 10-minute check-in at the start to outline what you want to achieve in the session. There will also be an mid-session check-in to share progress and hints and tips. These check-ins will be led by the Chair of the session (Chairs will rotate each week).

Most of the session will be made up of writing in a friendly atmosphere; whilst being able to pose writing based questions in the chat so you can share ideas and support one another.  The aim is that you use the sessions to develop drafts, solve writing problems and lead to research-orientated conversations.

Microsoft Teams Link to join the event:

Microsoft Teams

Our weekly Staff Writing Room is an informal yet productive place where you can work on whatever writing is important to you at the time; this could be a blog piece, a report, a journal article, a grant bid, a conference abstract/presentation or anything where you need the space and time to dedicate to its creation. This is a chance for you to set aims to complete during dedicated silent writing periods, and share ideas or solve writing problems by discussing them with others during the mid-way writing break. 

To make these as accessible as possible, the Writing Room will open at different times each week and all will be facilitated via Teams. In our experience, seeing others disseminating their work in this supportive environment really motivates us and helps us make the time to complete these important tasks.

Crime Tapes Podcasts

From motive to mass murder, join the experts at Staffordshire University as they dissect controversial crimes that have shocked the world. #CrimeTapes

Listen to the first series on – 

YouTube here: #CrimeTapes…on Violent Gaming – YouTube

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The Centre for Crime, Justice and Security has a new session to pop in your diaries – a session on Impact Tracker with Jackie Reynolds on the 6th September, 3-5pm on Teams.  

As you may already know, Staffs subscribes to Impact Tracker which allows all aspects of research, innovation and enterprise activities that you conduct to be tracked and collated so that you can use this for bids, REF impact studies and for personal use when applying for promotion.  This makes keeping track of the impact of your work really easy.  It is such an important tool for our work, that the University has now enough licences for all staff.  This session will show you how to use Impact Tracker and provide examples of the types of information that you may want to collate.  There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions and make sure you get the most out of the software.  After this session, Jackie has kindly offered one to one sessions with staff who may want extra support.