A line in the sand

July 20, 2017

Teesside University recently announced that all professors who are not in management roles will have to reapply for their jobs (“University tells entire professoriate to reapply for their jobs”, News, 13 July). This action taken by the university essentially places the 27 professors at risk of redundancy. What were promised as permanent and secure positions have now been rendered precarious.

This is an open letter to Teesside University that condemns these plans, questions the legitimacy of their rationale, and calls for their immediate delay and thorough re-evaluation. It is signed and supported by 756 people from across the higher education sector expressing solidarity with our professorial colleagues impacted by the proposed exercise. The signatories represent more than 100 universities across the UK, Europe, America Australia and Asia.

Teesside University have made it clear through their public statements that this is not a cost-cutting exercise. Nor have they intimated that they regard their professors as “underperforming”. The official rationale driving this action is to “improve performance” in the upcoming research excellence framework (REF) exercise in 2021; in addition to bringing the “disparate roles” of university professors under one role of “professor (research)”.

This seems curious for a number of reasons. In REF 2014, Teesside University displayed a marked overall improvement in their research performance. Moreover, particular departments and submissions were assessed as being among the best in the UK, such as the social policy and social work unit of assessment (UoA). Ninety per cent of the work submitted was considered “world leading” and “internationally excellent” – the two highest rankings in this measure. Consequently, Teesside’s Social Policy and Social Work UoA – which included work from the disciplines of sociology, criminology, social work and social policy – was ranked 5th out of 62 in the UK for the quality of their submission. This is a remarkable achievement for any department in a post-92 university.

The professors who will be forced to reapply for their own jobs were a vital part of this success in REF 2014. The professors in question do not occupy “disparate roles”, as all are research-active. Given the quality and quantity of the work that they have produced since REF 2014, there is little reason to believe this performance could not be matched or bettered in REF 2021. Furthermore, these professors have been integral to the development of early career academics who will be submitting to REF 2021, in addition to the recruitment of postgraduate research students who contribute to the overall research culture at the institution. In light of these facts, it appears that the rationale driving this exercise makes little sense.

It should be made clear: the proposed plans from Teesside University should not be read or described as just another routine performance review. Lecturers, senior lecturers and professors at universities are already submitted to existing annual performance and development reviews. These plans are different. These plans threaten people’s livelihoods. They do so with minimal warning or discussion, and with a sense of confusion and ambiguity around what the criteria for the new role of professor (research) means in real terms.

To us, the timing of this action seems bizarrely thoughtless and ignorant to the annual work cycle in academia. At this time of year, many academics, including professors, will be preparing to take annual leave or beginning their summer research. However, as individual livelihoods and financial security are brought into question, such plans will have to be scrapped as those affected are forced to hurriedly seek union representation in addition to financial and legal advice.

With seemingly little warning, the individuals affected by this make-or-break audit are faced with the daunting possibility of unemployment and the task of quickly securing another position in a highly competitive job-market. If they cannot find jobs in a similar region, they will have to potentially move houses, pull children out of schools and relocate their families.

However, while this letter is a condemnation of this specific action, there is also a broader issue at stake here. This exercise appears indicative of a more pervasive trend within UK higher education institutions to flexibilise their workforce and systematically engender an unnecessary sense of insecurity and precariousness in the higher education workplace.

The protests earlier this year by outsourced cleaners employed by the London School of Economics is an example from the opposite end of the higher education employment spectrum. Those cleaners had to strike for the right to be paid the minimum London Living Wage and achieve basic parity around issues of sick pay and annual leave. We are all aware that, for several years, growing proportions of lecturers and academic staff are employed on insecure zero-hours contracts. The Teesside professors are merely the latest example of an embedded trend within the marketised higher education environment.  

At their best, universities can be dynamic, critical and innovative environments that are the foremost champions of issues around social justice or basic workers’ rights. They are committed to enriching society and the lives of those in the communities they serve. This sentiment is even embedded in the Teesside University mission statement.

What happened to that ethos? Has the competitiveness and marketisation of the higher education system become so ruthless and intense that institutions are willing to abandon these basic principles and place their employees in professional, personal and financial insecurity?

We, the signatories, call for Teesside University to immediately delay this exercise in order to properly re-evaluate the decision to make non-managerial professors re-apply for their jobs and engage in meaningful discussion with the University and College Union. We demand that the university provide a more transparent, comprehensive and detailed explanation of the rationale for this action. As academics employed as lecturers, researchers and professors at dozens of universities, we give warning to other institutions that similar action will not be accepted quietly and will not come without risk of reputational damage. Lastly, we express our solidarity and support of the professors affected at Teesside University.

Are Teesside University management going to ignore the publicly stated opposition of hundreds of their colleagues from all over the world? These are the people who design degree programmes, teach courses, support students, and conduct and publish research. They fundamentally disagree with the action that is being taken, not to mention its reflection of a broader trend in higher education. We hope that you listen.

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Full list of signatories

Prof. David Wilson, Emeritus Professor of Criminology, Birmingham City University

Tereza Kuldova, PhD Researcher, University of Oslo, Norway

Prof. Robert Pfaller, Professor of Philosophy, University of Industrial Design and Art, Linz, Austria

Dr Thomas Raymen, Lecturer in Criminology, Plymouth University

Dr Kate Sang, Associate Professor of Management, Heriot Watt University

Dr David Hill, Lecturer in Communication and Culture, University of Liverpool

Dr Gisella Hanley Santos, Lecturer in Criminology, Plymouth University

Dr Emma Murray, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Justice, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr James Treadwell, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University

Dr Adam Formby, Teaching Fellow Sociology and Social Policy, University of Leeds

Dr Anthony Ellis, Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, University of Salford

Benedikt Lehmann, Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, York St John University

Dr Siobhan McAlister, Lecturer in Criminology, Queens University Belfast

Dr Václav Walach, Research Fellow, University of West Boehmia, Czech Republic

Kenny Doyle, PhD Research, Waterford Institute of Technology

Prof Steve Fuller, Professor of Sociology, University of Warwick

Nicola Harding, PhD Researcher, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Jennifer Fleetwood, Lecturer in Criminology, Goldsmiths College, London

Prof Graham Scambler, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, UCL

Dr David Maguire, British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow, UCL

Dr Geoff Pearson, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law, University of Manchester

Dr Marco Pedroni, Associate Professor of Sociology, eCampus University, Italy

Grace Morrison, Associate Lecturer, Plymouth University

Prof Shadd Maruna, Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester

Dr Brendan Coyle, Lecturer in Criminology, Aberystwyth University

Dr Marisa Silvestri, Associate Professor, Kingston University

Dr James Windle, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of East London

Alex Carter, PhD Research, Teesside University

Dr Tara Van Dijk, Lecturer, Maastricht University

Prof. Eric Gordy, Professor of Political and Cultural Sociology, University College London

Dr Alexandra Hall, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Teesside University

Prof John Pinkerton, Professor of Social Work, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Cecilia Winterhalter, Accademia di Costume e Moda, Roma

Dr Rob Creasy, Subject Direct of Social Sciences, York St John University

Juliet Marvin, Undergraduate in Criminology, University of Derby

Dr Iain Channing, Lecturer in Criminology, Plymouth University

Dr Sally Brown, Lecturer in Sociology, Edinburgh Napier University

Dr John-Paul Smiley, Independent Researcher 

Dr Jon Dean, Senior Lecturer in Politics and Sociology, Sheffield Hallam University

Prof. Simon Dyson, Professor of Applied Sociology, De Montfort University

Dr Nicola Carr, Associate Professor in Criminology, University of Nottingham

Dr Liz Atkins, Associate Professor in Education, Northumbria University

Ms Emma Williams, Deputy Director of Police Research, Canterbury Christ Church University

Dr John Topping, Lecturer in Criminology, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Alessandro Testa, Lise Meitner Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Vienna

Sebastian Averill, PhD Student, Loughborough University

Dr Matthew Spokes, Lecturer in Sociology and Criminology, York St John University

Prof Colin Webster, Professor of Criminology, Leeds Beckett University

Dr Sam Hardy, Honorary Research Associate, Institute of Archaeology, UCL

Paolo Borghi, PhD Researcher, University of Milano Bicocca

Dr Camilla De Camargo, Lecturer in Criminology, Kingston University

Dr Michael Teague, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Derby,

James Hart, PhD Researcher, Teesside University

Prof Ann Marie Gray, Professor of Social Policy, Ulster University

Chloe Boyce, PhD Candidate, University of York

Dr Serena Wright, Lecturer in Criminology, Royal Holloway, University of London

Samantha Barnes, PhD Student, Teesside University

Dr Monika Mokre, Senior Research Associate, Austrian Academy of Sciences

Elke Van Hellemont, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Kent

Tomsic Samo, PhD Researcher, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin

Dr Claire Fitzpatrick, Lecturer in Criminology, Lancaster University

Richard Hall, National Teaching Fellow and Professor of Education and Technology, De Montfort University

Emilybeth Davies, Undergraduate Student of Criminology, Birmingham City University

Dr Jake Phillips, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University

Goretti Horgan, Lecturer in Social Policy, Ulster University

Dr Mary-Louise Corr, Lecturer in Criminology, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Daniel J. Paré, Associate Professor of Communications, University of Ottawa

Prof. Martin Bouchard, Professor of Criminology, Simon Fraser University

Dr Toni Wood, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Salford

Tanja Conway-Grim, PhD Researcher, Cranfield University

Prof Keith Hayward, Professor of Criminology, University of Copenhagen

Melanie Rimmer, Research Associate in Health, University of Sheffield

Dr James Heydon, Lecturer in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr Ben Bradford, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Oxford

Dr Roberto Castaldi, Associate Professor, eCampus University

Dr Ian Mahoney, Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool Hope University

Verdine Etoria, PhD Researcher, Teesside University

Dr Amal Ali, Lecturer in Law, University of Lincoln

Paul McGuiness, Criminology Lecturer, University of Sussex

Melissa Pepper, PhD Researcher, University of Surrey

Marianne Colbran, Visiting Researcher Fellow, Mannheim Centre, London School of Economics

Dr Laura Davies, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Leeds Beckett University

Dr Gaby Wolferink, Research Associate, Loughborough University

Dr Steven Roberts, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Monash University, Australia

Angus Bancroft, University of Edinburgh

Dr Lizzie Seal, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, University of Sussex

Dr Linnéa Osterman, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Greenwich

Prof Robert Canton, Professor in Community and Criminal Justice, De Montfort University

Eddie Rees, PhD Researcher, Teesside University

Dr Andrew Wilson, Lecturer in Criminology, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Pamela Ugwudike, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Swansea University

Dr Tim Gomersall, Senior Lecturer in Psychology, University of Huddersfield

Dr Theo Kindynis, Lecturer in Criminology, Roehampton University

Neal Hazel, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Salford

Dr Andrew Percy, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Queen’s University Belfast

Eileen Barke,r PhD Criminology candidate, Teesside University

Dr Colin King, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex

Bill Dixon, Professor of Criminology, University of Nottingham

Alsharif Abogsesa PhD student, School of Social Sciences, Business and Law, Teesside University

Paul Robinson, Graduate Tutor in Criminology, Teesside University

Dr Vicky Heap, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University

Jennifer Cassarly, PhD Candidate, Social Sciences, Business & Law

Charlotte Barlow, Lecturer in Criminology, Lancaster University

Luke Martell, Professor of Political Sociology, University of Sussex

Dr Suraj Lakhani, Lecturer, University of Sussex

Dr Scott Yates, Reader in Psychosocial Studies, De Montfort University

Prof Alison Phipps, Professor of Gender Studies, Sussex University

Dr Victoria Silverwood, Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University

Prof Dean Wilson, Professor of Criminology, University of Sussex

Dr Stephen Bates, Senior Lecturer in Political Science, University of Birmingham

Triona Fitton, Lecturer in Philanthropic Studies, University of Kent

Dr Catherine Baker, Senior Lecturer in 20th Century History, University of Hull

Dr Cara Jardine, University of Strathclyde

Yvonne Jewkes, Professor of Criminology, University of Brighton

Dr Tanya Palmer, Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex

Rebekah McNaughton, Research Associate, Teesside University

Alison Pilnick, Professor of Language, Medicine and Society, University of Nottingham

Dr Anna Pechurina, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Leeds Beckett University

Dr Rod Earle, Senior Lecturer, Dept. Health, Wellbeing and Social Care, The Open University.

Iris Mordue, PhD Researcher, Teesside University

Prof Fergus McNeill, Professor of Criminology & Social Work, University of Glasgow

Dr Will Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University

Matteo Moscatelli, Research fellow, Department of sociology, Catholic University Milan

Elisa Martini, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Trento, Italy

Ana Porroche-Escudero,NIHR CLAHRC NWC Senior Researcher, Lancaster University

Dr Marian Duggan, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Kent

Professor Colin Webster, Professor of Criminology, Leeds Beckett University

Dr. Sara Westin, Researcher in Human Geography, Uppsala University

Prof Kathinka Frøystad, Professor of Modern South Asian Studies, University of Oslo

Mark Bushell, PhD Researcher, Teesside University

Abigail Stark, PhD Researcher University of Sheffield

Kate Haddow, PhD Researcher, Teesside University

Richard Green, PhD Candidate, Royal Holloway, University of London

Catrin Andersson, Lecturer in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University

Jennifer Friedlander, Professor of Media Studies, Pomona College

Dr Nic Groombridge, Executive Committee British Society of Criminology

Hannah Quirk, Senior Lecturer, University of Manchester

Dr Rachael Aplin, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Leeds Beckett University

Marie Hutton Law Lecturer University of Sussex

Dr Ben Crewe, Institute of Criminology, University of Cambridge

Dr Sara Grace, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Salford

Theodora Machaira, PhD researcher, Teesside University

Dr Melia Bello Bose, Associate Professor, University of Victoria, Canada

Luke Telford, PhD Researcher, Teesside University

Prof Alex Stevens, Professor in Criminal Justice, University of Kent

Dr. Ana Chambelren, Assistant Professor, Sociology Department, University of Warwick

Dr Wendy Fitzgibbon, Reader in Criminology, University of Leicester

Dr Alistair Fraser, Lecturer in Criminology & Sociology, University of Glasgow

Anna Maczak, PhD Researcher in Sociology, London School of Economics

David Honeywell, Associate Criminology Lecturer, University of York

Dr. David McBride, Computing Officer, University of Cambridge

Dr Mark Monaghan, Loughborough University, UK

Dr Lipi Begum, Lecturer in Fashion Management, University of Southampton

Dr. Summer Decker, Director of Research, Department of Radiology, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

Irene Zempi, Lecturer in Criminology, Nottingham Trent University

Dr Rohit K Dasgupta, Loughborough University

J.M. Moore, Newman University, Birmingham

Dr Michael F. Mills, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Kent

Marko Saranovic, University of Vienna

Dr Amanda Seims, Research Officer, Centre for Men’s Health, Leeds Beckett University.

Dr Imran Awan, Associate Professor in Criminology, Birmingham City University

Scott Grant, Lecturer in Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University.

Dr Liz Oakley-Brown, Senior Lecturer in Shakespeare & Renaissance Writing, Lancaster University

Dr Helen Nichols, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Leeds Beckett University

Dr Louise Grove, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy, Loughborough University

Prof John Field, Emeritus Professor of Education, University of Stirling

Dr Dan Bishop, Senior Lecturer in Education, Bath Spa University

Rachel Willie, Senior Lecturer in English, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Nicholas J. Gervassis, Lecturer in Law, Plymouth University

Sigrun Mackenzie, Msc Criminology Student, University of Teesside

Dr. Yahya M. Madra, Visiting Associate Professor of Economics, Drew University, NJ

Dr Alex Dymock, Lecturer in Criminology and Law, Royal Holloway, University of London

Tim Colbourn, Lecturer in Global Health Epidemiology and Evaluation, UCL

Veronique Pouillard, Associate Professor, History of Modern Europe, University of Oslo, Norway.

Arild Engelsen Ruud, University of Oslo

Dr Gilly Sharpe, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Sheffield

Iain Stainton, Senior Lecturer Policing & Criminology, University of Cumbria

Michael Edwards, Honorary Professor, Bartlett School UCL

Karen Lowton, Professor of Sociology (Ageing & Health), University of Sussex

Craig Webber, Associate Professor of Criminology, University of Southampton

Mohammed Rahman, Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University

Prof Steve Redhead, Professor of Cultural Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide, South Australia

Dr Steve Wakeman, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Jonathan G. Heaney, Lecturer in Sociology, Queen’s University Belfast.

Dr Baris Cayli, Research Fellow in Criminology, University of Derby

Prof Jo Phoenix, Professor of Criminology, Open University

Laura Naegler, University of Liverpool

John Lea, Honorary Professor of Criminology, Roehampton University

Dr Hannah Graham, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Stirling

Dr Pat Quinn, PhD Sociology, University of Glasgow.

Elaine Campbell, Professor of Criminology, Newcastle University

Prof Ilan Kapoor, York University, Toronto

Michael DeValve, Associate Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, Fayetteville State University, USA.

Xavier L’Hoiry, Lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy, University of Sheffield

Dr Deirdre O’ Neill,Lecturer in Screen Studies, Brunel University

Michael Devine, BA Criminology, University College Cork

Prof Mike Wayne, Brunel University

Dr Martijn Kiers, University of Applied Science, Austria

Prof Adam Crawford, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Leeds

Jarrett Blaustein, Lecturer in Criminology, Monash University

Dr David Skinner, Reader in Sociology, Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Mary Corcoran, Senior Lecturer in Criminology Keele University

Dr Kelly J. Stockdale, Research Associate

Vanita Sundaram, Senior Lecturer in Education, University of York

Prof Tim Newburn, Professor of Criminology and Social Policy, London School of Economics

Nicholas Kimberley, PhD Candidate in Economic Geography, Australian Catholic University

Peter Goddard, Senior Lecturer, Department of Communication and Media, University of Liverpool

David Barker, Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, University of Edinburgh.

Dr Hannah King, Assistant Professor, Durham University

Nathan W. Pino, Professor of Sociology, Texas State University

Professor Rosemary Barberet, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, USA

Dr Travis Linnemann, Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

Dr Stephen Tong, Reader in Policing & Criminal Justice, Canterbury Christ Church University

Alex Luscombe, PhD student, University of Toronto

Dr Mark Wood, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Melbourne, Australia

Jostein Jakobsen, PhD candidate, University of Oslo

Dr Iain Lindsey, Lecturer, Durham University

Dr Rose Broad, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Manchester

Dr Andrew Henley, Lecturer in Criminology, Keele University

Dr Joanne Hulley, Research Assistant Sport & Physical Activity, Edge Hill University

Stephanie Mulrine, PhD Researcher and Research Assistant, Teesside University

Anna Barker, Lecturer in Criminal Justice, University of Leeds

Dr Tom May, Research Fellow in Criminology, University of South Wales

Dr Nicholas Page, Senior Research Assistant, University of South Wales

Dr Elizabeth Yardley, Associate Professor of Criminology, Birmingham City University

Deborah Jump, Lecturer in criminology, Manchester Metropolitan University

Dr Chris Platts, Sheffield Hallam University

Prof Steve Tombs, Professor of Criminology, The Open University

Dr Karim Murji, The Open University, UK

Alexandra Thornton, DClinPsych student, University of Essex

Dr John Drury, University of Sussex

Dr Susan A. Batchelor, Senior Lecturer, University of Glasgow

Dr Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Westminster

Dr James Richards, Associate Professor in HRM, Heriot-Watt University

Professor Madeleine Leonard, School of Social Science, Education and Social Work,

Queen’s University Belfast

Dave Bond, Systems Librarian, Heriot-Watt University

Dr Tanya Wyatt, Associate Professor of Criminology, Northumbria University

Dr Alexa Neale, Research Fellow, University of Sussex

Dr Andy Aydın-Aitchison, Senior Lecturer, University of Edinburgh, School of Law

Dr Emily Cooper, Lecturer in Human Geography, UCLan

Dr Dawn Lyon, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, University of Kent

Dr Joanne N Smith Finley East Asian studies School of Modern Languages Newcastle University

Dr Edmund Coleman-Fountain, Lecturer in Sociology, Northumbria University

Dr Agnieszka Martynowicz, Lecturer in Criminology, Edge Hill University

Dr Jessica Guth, Senior Lecturer, Leeds Beckett University

Dr Amy Chandler, Chancellor’s Fellow, University of Edinburgh

Clare Wiper, PhD Researcher, Northumbria University

Professor Vron Ware, Chair in Criminology, Kingston University

Dr Carolyn Pedwell. Reader in Cultural Studies, University of Kent

Dr Oliver Smith, Reader in Criminology, University of Plymouth

Professor Les Back, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Persephone de Magdalene, Project Development Manager & Associate Tutor, University of East Anglia, Norwich

James Pattison, PhD candidate in Sociology, University of Nottingham

Dr Edina Doci, Assistant Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Dr Tom Smith, Teaching Fellow in German, Newcastle University

Susie Atherton PhD Student De Montfort University

Dr Una Barr, Lecturer in Criminology, Liverpool John Moores University

Dr Patrizia Kokot, Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour, University of Reading

Dr Anna Backman Rogers, Senior Lecturer Feminist Philosophy and Visual Culture. University of Gothenburg, Sweden

Fiamma Terenghi, Research Fellow eCrime – University of Trento

Dr. Zoe Zontou, Senior Lecturer in Drama, Liverpool Hope University

Clifton Evers, Lecturer in Media Culture Heritage, Newcastle University

Dr Wendy Bottero, University of Manchester

Dr Rachel Robbins, Senior Research Fellow – Connect Centre, University of Central Lancashire

Dr Sarah Leahy, Senior Lecturer in French and Film, Newcastle University

Dr Nicola Clarke, Lecturer in the History of the Islamic World, Newcastle University

Joseph Lawson, Lecturer in History, Newcastle University

Dr Gareth Millington, Department of Sociology, University of York

Paul Prinsloo, Research Professor, University of South Africa

Dr Howard Davis, Senior Lecturer in Criminolgy, Edge Hill University

Alison Lamont, Visiting Lecturer (Conversion) at Roehampton University.

Stijn Summers, Professor in Law, Cardiff University

Samantha Walker, PhD researcher, Keele University

Dr Kayleigh Garthwaite, Research Associate, Newcastle University

Alessia Contu, Chair of the Management Department, University of Massachusetts Boston, USA

Dr Emmanuelle Tulle, Reader in Sociology, Glasgow Caledonian University

Professor Akwugo Emejulu, University of Warwick

Dr Marco Galea, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Studies, University of Malta

Dr Barbara Read, Reader, School of Education, University of Glasgow

Dr Kris Darby, Lecturer in Drama and Performance Studies, Liverpool Hope University

Dr Emma Kennedy, Education Adviser, Queen Mary, University of London

Dr Karen Lumsden, Senior Lecturer in Sociology, Loughborough University

Diana Paton, William Robertson Professor of History, University of Edinburgh

Dr Chris Moreh, University of Southampton

David Thomas, PhD candidate, Birkbeck College, University of London

Alastair Hudson, Professor of Law, University of Exeter

Dr Silvia Battista, Performance Studies Lecturer, Liverpool Hope University.

Dr Veronica Skrimsjö, Lecturer in Popular Music Studies, Liverpool Hope University

Anna Grear, Professor of Law and Theory, Cardiff University

Dr. Rachel Cahill-O’Callaghan, Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University

Ms Sarah Black, Lecturer in Dance, Liverpool Hope University

Professor Jim Stewart, Liverpool John Moores University

Guy Standing, Professorial Research Associate, SOAS University of London

Dr James Banks, Reader in Criminology, Sheffield Hallam University

Martin Parker, School of Business, Leicester University

Alan McGauley, Principal Lecturer in Politics, Sheffield Hallam University

Ian Parker, Emeritus Professor of Management, University of Leicester, UK

Dr Soenita Ganpat, Postdoctoral Fellow in Criminology, Nottingham Trent University

Associate Professor Keir Martin, Social Anthropology, University of Oslo

Dr Alex Bellem, Assistant Professor of Arabic, University of Durham

Louise Cummings, Visiting Professor, York St John University

Sean O’Connell, Queen’s University Belfast

Kate Herrity, PhD candidate, University of Leicester

Dr Neil Cocks, Lecturer in English Literature, University of Reading

Professor Jon Garland, Department of Sociology, University of Surrey

Dr Elena Boschi, Lecturer in Film and Television Studies, Edge Hill University

Dr Sarah Campbell, Newcastle University

Sabine Sharp, PhD Candidate Arts Languages and Cultures, University of Manchester

Dr Tim McNelis, Independent Scholar

Steven Pierce, Senior Lecturer in Modern African History, University of Manchester

Robert G. Lee, Senior Lecturer in BSL & Deaf Studies, University of Central Lancashire

Dr Ruth Stirton, Lecturer in Healthcare Law, University of Sussex

Dr Rosalba Biasini, Lecturer in Italian, University of Liverpool

Anna Kotova, Associate Lecturer in Criminology, Exeter University

Dr Siân Adiseshiah, Reader in English Literature and Drama, University of Lincoln

Falk Morawitz, PhD Researcher, University of Manchester

Dr Kaja Marczewska, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of English, Linguistics and

Cultural Studies, University of Westminster

Vasilios Ioakimidis, Professor of Social Work, University of Essex

Eleanor Coghill, Professor (Chair) of Semitic Languages, University of Uppsala

Dr Ben Davies, University of Portsmouth

Dr Aliraza Javaid, Newcastle University

Sean Butcher, PhD Researcher, University of Leeds

Sam Burgum, Teaching Fellow (Sociology), University of Warwick

George Walkden, Professor of English and General Linguistics, University of Konstanz

Dr Adam Stock, Lecturer in English Literature, York St John University

Martin Paul Eve, Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing, Birkbeck, University of London

Dr S.J .Hannahs, Reader in Linguistics, Newcastle University

Dr Ruth Lewis, Northumbria University

Cora Xu, Lecturer in Education, Keele University

Sharon Winfield, PhD researcher, University of York

Kyle Mulrooney, PhD fellow, University of Kent/Universität Hamburg

Alison Smith, Subject Head, Film Studies, University of Liverpool

Ken McLaughlin, Manchester Metropolitan University

Helen Kingstone, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Leeds Trinity University

Brian Leiter, Karl N. Llewellyn Professor of Jurisprudence, Director, Center for Law,

Philosophy & Human Values, University of Chicago

Dr Kathryn Dutton, Head of Law, The University of Bradford

Dr Adam Lynes, Lecturer in Criminology, Birmingham City University

Dr Tracey Yeadon-Lee, University of Huddersfield

Dr A.M. Viens, Associate Professor in Law, University of Southampton

Dr Naill Scott, Reader in Philosophy and Popular Culture, UCLan

Sharon Grace, Lecturer Social Policy and Crime, University of York

Professor Caroline Heycock, University of Edinburgh

David Ozonoff, Professor of Environmental Health, Boston University School of Public Health

Victoria Collins, Associate Professor, Eastern Kentucky University

David Cairns, Senior Research, ISCTE-University Institute of Lisbon

Tammy Ayres, Lecturer in Criminology, University of Leicester

Michael Pettit, Associate Professor, York University

Debbie Epstein, Professor of Cultural Studies in Education, University of Roehampton

Roger Smith, Professor of Social Work, Durham University

Dr. John Filling, Lecturer, Faculty of Philosophy, Director of Studies and Bye Fellow, King’s College, University of Cambridge

Dr Rebecca Woods, Senior Lecturer in Linguistics and Modern Languages, University of Huddersfield.

Dr Rachel Bower, University of Leeds

Dr Russell Jackson, Senior Lecturer, Sociologist, Sheffield Hallam University

Dr. Jennifer Bulcock, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Cabrini University

Dr Aidan Byrne, English course leader, Department of English, School of Humanities, University of Wolverhampton

Ashley Tiffen, Senior Lecturer, University of Cumbria

Dr. Neil Armitage, Learning Strategist & Sociology Instructor, University of British Columbia

Emma Wincup, Senior Lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of Leeds

Dr AK Antoniou, Lecturer in Criminology, University of West London

Dr. Gordon Ramsey, School of History, Anthropology, Politics and Philosophy, Queen’s University of Belfast.

Professor Bernadette O’Rourke, Department of Languages and Intercultural Studies, School of Social Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh

Professor Bridie Kent, University of Plymouth

Dr. Dimitris Akrivos, Lecturer in Criminology, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Dr Mark Bould, Associate Professor, UWE Bristol

Martin Farr, Senior Lecturer in History, Newcastle University

Dr David Beer, Reader in Sociology, University of York

Daniel Butt, Associate Professor in Political Theory, University of Oxford

Dr Tim Turner, Senior Lecturer in Criminology, Coventry University

Dr Steve Kirkwood, Senior Lecturer in Social Work, University of Edinburgh

Dr Steve Corbett, Lecturer in Social Policy, Liverpool Hope University

Duncan Fisher, Graduate Tutor, Teesside University

Dr Ioannis Papageorgiou, Associate Researcher, Rhodes Centre for Historical and Social Research

Prof Maggie Humm, Emeritus Professor, University of East London

Prof. Chris Ashford, Professor of Law and Society, Northumbria University

Harriet Pierpoint, Reader in Criminology, University of South Wales

Richard Poole, Associate Lecturer/PhD Candidate, Newcastle University

Matthew Hawkins, Senior Lecturer in Film Practice, London South Bank University.

Laura Graham, Senior Lecturer, Northumbria University

Professor Clarissa Smith, University of Sunderland

Professor Majid Yar, Lancaster University.

Dr Alan Greene, Assistant Professor in Law, Durham University

Inge Aben, Senior Lecturer, Organisation Studies, University of the West of England

David Gadd, Professor of Criminology, University of Manchester

Dr Anna McFarlane, University of Glasgow

Dr Catherine Lawless, Trinity College Dublin

Professor Katharine Hodgkin, University of East London

Dr Moti Gorin, Colorado State University, USA

Dr Una McCormack, Lecturer in Creative Writing, Anglia Ruskin University

Dr Hadas Elber-Aviram, University College London

Chris Heathwood, Associate Professor of Philosophy, University of Colorado Boulder

Dr Sarah Ilott, Teesside University

Professor Vicky Lebeau, University of Sussex

Dr James Murphy, University of the West of England

Dr Linda Moore, Lecturer in Criminology, Ulster University.

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