Call for Contributions

BSC Postgraduates, we need YOU! We are looking for contributions from the criminology postgraduate community, for the all new BSC Postgraduate Blog.

In order to showcase the interesting and cutting edge research that we know postgraduates in criminology are doing, we have opened a call for contributions to the new postgraduate blog. To become a contributor to the blog, we ask that in the first instance you email an expression of interest to

Initially all we need to know is a short (150 words max) biography. Including the subject of your PhD, your year of study and university. Additionally please briefly explain what you will blog about. Please enclose a portrait image that you are happy to include with your blog post, and your preferred contact email (also to be published with your blog post).

Once accepted, we will give you a deadline and guidance helping you to submit a 500-800 word blog. Once looked over by the editors, the blog will be published and shared to our mailing list, followers and on social media. We will send you an email with the link to your blog, which you will be able to share and add to your CV.

Blogging is a growing form of academic engagement, and is becoming increasingly valuable for networking and disseminating your research. We look forward to facilitating this for postgraduate students within criminology.


Poster Help -updated for 2017

So you have had your abstract accepted for a poster at the BSC conference.. What next?

We have produced a poster template with some guidance to try and help you get started. You do not have to use this and we encourage you to be as creative as possible. However, the power point slides are set to the correct size for the orientation so please make use of them if you feel this will benefit you. You can download these from this link:

Poster templates

The poster size requirement is A1 Landscape or Portrait. When you are happy with your edited poster, save the file as a PDF and send to print at your university print shop. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no facilities to print your poster at the conference. You need to organise this yourself and bring it with you.

Poster day is Thursday 6th July, go to the reception desk from 8AM where you will be given your assigned number slot. Here your poster will hang all day, with a poster session 14:30-15:00 (please stand by your poster at this time to answer any questions).

When you save your poster as a PDF to print, can you please save a JPEG copy too and email it to me prior to the conference for our postgrad virtual poster gallery. This will be posted on the blog on the day of the conference too.


Here are some useful links to more general blogs about how to produce an effective academic poster. If you have produced a poster before and would like to share it to helpfully inspire others, please comment below.


BSC Conference – 6-9th July 2016

The Postgraduate Conference, Nottingham Conference Centre, 6-9th July 2016

The Postgraduate Committee organises its own event prior to the main annual BSC conference. The BSC Postgraduate Conference is an opportunity to discuss work in progress in a friendly and supportive environment. It also provides a forum for gaining constructive feedback from peers and a chance to engage in what we hope will be lively debate with other postgraduate criminologists. The conference also presents an opportunity to meet a number of established scholars in an informal setting. The Postgraduate conference is open to all post graduate students and there are student bursaries available.

The call for papers, draft agenda and registration for this year’s Conference, ‘Inequalities in a Diverse World’, are now available:

Conference website:

Conference email:

Twitter: #BSCConf16

Apply for a bursary

Postgraduate Bursaries

Thanks to the generosity of Hart Publishing and The Centre for Law Enforcement and Public Health, we are offering number of postgraduate bursaries to attend this year’s conference.

Each bursary will cover the full conference fee for one PhD student, and accommodation for three nights (5th to 7th July inclusive).

Eligibility criteria

You can apply for a postgraduate bursary if you meet ALL of the following criteria:

1. You are presenting a paper at the BSC Conference 2016

2. You are a registered PhD student (full-time or part-time)

3. You are a member of the British Society of Criminology (BSC)

How to apply

To apply for a bursary you must submit:

  1. Your completed bursary application form
  2. Your completed abstract submission form
  3. A letter of support from your PhD supervisor on institutional headed paper. This should also confirm that you are a registered PhD student and indicate your year of study.

Please send ALL THREE documents together by email to Claire Davis (Chair of the British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Committee) at Please make it clear in the subject line that it is a bursary application form.

Please note, the deadline for bursaries has been extended to the deadline for abstract submission – which is Monday 23rd May 2016.

Hello & Welcome..

Hello & welcome to the British Society of Criminology Postgraduate Blog.

The Postgraduate Committee is a sub-committee of the BSC and comprises of postgraduate research students and academic staff from universities across the UK. The aim of the Postgraduate Committee is to further the interests of current postgraduate students of criminology and related disciplines, and build connections between postgraduate students and the BSC Executive.

The Postgraduate Committee organises workshops and seminars for postgraduate students throughout the year, including a postgraduate event prior to the annual BSC conference.

Best wishes,

Your PG Committee – Claire, Sarah, Gareth, Steve & Nicola


Social Media Team – Gillian, Jessica & Nicola

Key Links:

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(The blog is generally administrated by Nicola Harding currently, if you have any queries or would like to contribute please feel free to email or find her on twitter @NicolaAnnHarding).