Global demand for London Met criminologists

Academics from London Metropolitan University’s Criminology department are amongst the best in the world – which is why they are often found teaching in countries across the globe.

Date: 13/03/2012

Academics from London Metropolitan University’s Criminology department are amongst the best in the world – which is why they are often found teaching in countries across the globe.

Dr Nick Ridley, Course Leader for the Professional Doctorate for Policing, Security and Community Safety at London Met, recently returned from Turkey where he delivered a series of lectures for a NATO teaching course.  

Nick travelled to Ankara to teach at the NATO Centre of Excellence - Defence Against Terrorism. He gave lectures to security personnel from a wide range of countries on combating terrorism.  

London Met is one of only two UK universities providing lectures for these NATO courses.  

Nick, who is an expert on terrorism finance, said: "The Criminology team at London Met are extremely pleased to give lecturing input to such a highly regarded practitioner-related forum, and to advance the University's overall international strategy."

London Met’s criminologists have developed a strong global reputation and are often invited to provide training in other countries. Last year, Nick and colleagues Dr Daniel Silverstone, Head of Criminology, and Dr Tim Parsons, travelled to Rwanda to deliver a training course to the Rwandan National Police.    

Funded by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the project saw the team teach at the National Policing Academy in Musanze. 

Dr Parsons is also regularly invited to provide teaching overseas, and delivers security workshops at Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) expert meetings in Poland and Kyrgyzstan.  

Such projects are testament to the knowledge and expertise of the Criminology teaching staff at London Met, which ranges from anti-terrorism policing to cyber crime.

The department also includes Professor Simon Hallsworth and Tara Young, two of the countries leading experts on gangs. Simon was recently featured in the Guardian newspaper.  

With globally recognised academics, students at London Met can gain access to the latest international thinking in criminology; another example of the University’s commitment to providing an affordable quality education.