Spotlight on Crime
  • University of St Mark & St John, Derriford Road, Plymouth PL6 8BH

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The Social Science team at the University of St Mark & St John have a broad range of experiences in the fields of criminology, broadcasting and performance. 

This event will draw on these experiences to engage young people (year 9) to look at and investigate crime from a variety of angles and perspectives, including; psychology and crime, crime on a global field, the media, conflict resolution, mental health, the arts and science.

During the event, interactive sessions are provided by a team of social science researchers and students designed to stimulate problem solving and discussion.

The interactive day will utilise the space in and around the campus, from outside areas to the radio suite, from the performance areas to psychology and crime labs.

In the afternoon the young people will be supported in presenting their findings through the production of an artefact.

Booking information

Booking is by invitation only. If you would like your school to be invited, please contact visitus@marjon.ac.uk or call 01752 636727.

This event is led by Dr Hazel Bending, with the team of social science researchers, Sarah McAdam, Jo Trelfa, Dr Sue Wayman, Christine Smith, Jan Gourd and Associate Professor Lystra Hagley-Dickinson, and their undergraduate students who are currently studying education, welfare, criminology and media.

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Biography: Dr Hazel Bending

Hazel is a senior lecturer in psychology in the Faculty of Education and Social Sciences at the University of St Mark & St John. Her research has focused on the use of technology within the classroom and how to motivate and engage students in reflection, critical thinking and problem solving.

About the ESRC Festival of Social Science 

(extract from the ESRC* website)

The ESRC Festival of Social Science offers a fascinating insight into some of the country's leading social science research and how it influences our social, economic and political lives - both now and in the future.

You may be surprised at just how relevant the festival's events are to society today. Social science research makes a difference. Discover how it shapes public policy and contributes to making the economy more competitive, as well as giving people a better understanding of 21st century society. From big ideas to the most detailed observations, social science affects us all everyday - at work, in school, when raising children, within our communities, and even at the national level.


Everyone - from schoolchildren to politicians - can take part in and hear about social science research in the festival's many engaging events.

This celebration of the social sciences takes place across the UK - via public debates, conferences, workshops, interactive seminars, film screenings, virtual exhibitions and much more. 2016 is the 14th year that ESRC has held the Festival of Social Science and each year the festival grows from strength to strength.

Visit the ESRC Festival of Social Science website for more information about the festival.

* ESRC - Economic and Social Research Council.


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