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Sarah Nixon

Lecturer in Criminology

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


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!


  • 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 & 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


More publications from Sarah Nixon can be found in the Research Repository.

External responsibilities

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

Subject for media interview


Prisons and prison officers