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Associate Professor Criminal Justice Reform (RASSO) (Institute of Social Justice and Crime)

Salary range: 
£43,434 - £54,943 per annum, pro rata

Full time, fixed term

We are currently recruiting for an exciting opportunity to join the University of Suffolk as an Associate Professor in Criminal Justice Reform (Rape and Serious Sexual Offences, RASSO) in the Institute of Social Justice & Crime. The successful applicant will work primarily on Project Bluestone (NOTE – the operational name for this project is Operation Soteria) which was created as a way of using administrative police data to identify challenges, good practice, and areas for improvement in the way that Rape and Serious Sexual Offences (RASSO) investigations are currently being conducted. The aim from this research is to produce iterative good practice, data led products, as well as ways of working using evidence informed practice, the project’s findings will be shared with all police forces in England and Wales with the aspiration to improve the policing of RASSO across the board. The focus of this role is conducting research, providing training and consultancy to police forces across the United Kingdom. Specifically the identification and development of innovative projects and reforms within Project Bluestone with a focus on, understanding and investigating sexual crime, including investigative interviewing of suspects and complainants. 

The successful applicant will also be expected to contribute to the development of the Institute for Social Justice & Crime. The Institute is committed to addressing the social issues which act as barriers to justice with an emphasis on the experiences of vulnerable and marginalised groups. The Institute’s research will develop knowledge of multi-agency practices to improve their service to the community, increase public safety and to facilitate social justice. Understanding the causes and consequences of crime with an emphasis on crime prevention, improving institutional responses and desistance from offending will also be central to the Institutes work. Interdisciplinarity, mixed and creative methodologies are key to the Institute’s approach to research. This position offers the successful applicant the chance to be at the forefront of local, national and international research as well as having a pivotal role in the building relationships to raise the research profile of the University of Suffolk in the area of Social Justice & Crime.

The Associate Professor post will be based at the Waterfront Campus at the University of Suffolk, Ipswich. The post holder will work under the supervision of the Director, Professor Miranda Horvath, and other University of Suffolk colleagues and colleagues from other institutions working in collaboration on Project Bluestone. The Associate Professor will develop research objectives, undertake independent and collaborative research projects and evaluate outcomes. They will manage research projects, and lead on implementing the research strategy within the Institute and plan, coordinate and implement CPD and training programmes in accordance with University strategy, policy and procedures and funder requirements.

The post holder will possess a PhD or extensive nationally recognised professional expertise in RASSO, have experience of leading on research publications, projects, designing and delivering CPD and funding bids. They should have the flexibility to work within diverse teams, while demonstrating self-motivation and time management skills and the ability to work, often to tight deadlines, with limited supervision. The post holder will have experience of working on projects with sensitivity and creative problem solving, and extensive understanding of safeguarding, ethics and quality assurance.

Closing date: Friday 21st January 5pm

Interview date: W/c  24th January 2022 TBC

We are actively committed to growing and supporting a diverse workforce and welcome applications from all backgrounds and communities. We particularly welcome applications from black and ethnic minority candidates and from candidates with a disability who are currently under-represented within our workforce. 

We consider flexible working requests for all our vacancies.

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