Staff Profiles: Dr. Sarah Nixon

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Staff Profile: Dr. Sarah Nixon
Lecturer in Criminology

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Dr. Sarah Nixon

Lecturer in Criminology

Social Sciences

I am in my 3rd year lecturing at the University of Gloucestershire and my area of interest/expertise is prisons/penology.


I am an ex-prison officer (6 years) and have recently completed my PhD in peer work and desistance in prison/probation. I am very passionate about ex-offender rehabilitation and desistance. I lecture on the first year introduction to criminology module, second year youth justice module and third year prison, punishment and rehabilitation module. I teach fitness classes at DW fitness (spin) and am a Spurs fan for my sins!


Award Title Institution Date
BSc (Hons) PE, Sport Science and Social Science Loughborough University 1999
PhD "I just want to give something back" peer work and desistance De Montfort University 2019

Teaching and research


Prison, punishment and rehabilitation

Foundations of criminology

Youth Justice

Working in a prison/forensic setting




Qualitative methodology - thematic analysis


Peer work, voluntary sector and criminal justice

Prisons - prison officers, gender and sexuality

Using desistance narratives in criminology teaching


External responsibilities

Potentially setting up a programme to deliver criminology teaching to maximum security prisoners at HMP Long Lartin.

Subjects for media interviews


Prisons and prison officers

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