Nick Howe

Nick Howe

Position: Senior Lecturer in Criminology and a Deputy Director of the International and Justice Policing Institute

College: College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences

Department: International Policing and Justice Institute

Subject area: Criminology

Research Centre: International Policing & Justice Institute

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Why not hear about my enthusiasm for teaching and studying Criminology here at the University of Derby

As a senior lecturer in Criminology, my duties are to undertake research and scholarly activities, to develop and deliver teaching modules and to undertake partnership development and media related activities. I am also the programme lead for the MSc Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation.

Teaching responsibilities

I am the programme lead for the MSc in Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation and specifically teach the following modules on the programme:

  • Police Leadership and Organisational Transformation,
  • Policing and Accountability
  • Partnerships and Policing
  • Independent Study/Research

More broadly I supervise Masters students together with undergraduates in their research projects/dissertations.

Research interests

I am currently exploring the notion of partnership policing as part of my doctoral research and I am also working closely with a number of local police forces in this regard.

Other research interests include

Policing; police reform; police leadership; police partnership working; community policing; community safety and crime prevention; contemporary policing issues; strategic management of the police; governace of the police.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
  • Member of the College Research Centre, University of Derby
  • Member of the British Society of Criminology (BSC)


Postgraduate qualifications

  • MA Criminology, Keele University
  • PGCE, Birimimgham City University


Research qualifications

  • PhD Student (ongoing) , Nottingham Trent University

Recent publications

  • Howe, N., Wilson, D., and Kemp, D. (2010) Police Disclosures: A Critical Analysis of Some Recent Police Autobiographies. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Vol49 No3. pp203-214. Wiley-Blackwell 
  • Wilson, D., Howe, N., Kemp, D and Tolputt, H (2010) When Serial Killers go Unseeen: The Case of Trevor Hardy. Crime, Media, Culture - An International Journal. Vol 6 No2, pp153-168. Sage Publications. 
  • Wilson, D., Howe, N., Kemp, D and Tolputt, H (2010) Servicing the Media’s Needs at Arms Length: Police Media Relations during High-Profile Murder Investigations. Policing: A Journal Of Policy And Practice, Volume 5, Number 4, pp 343-355. Oxford University Press. 
  • Wilson, D., Kemp, D., Howe, N and Harriet, T.(2011), Long Arms'-Length of the Law, British Journalism Review, Volume 22, Number 4, pp 64-72. Sage Publications.

Recent conferences

During March 2014 I was a guest at the Intenational Police Academy Conference held in Kuala Lumpur, Maylasia where I presented a paper entitled - The Future of Police Training: A Collaborative Venture, which highlighted the work that the University and the Royal Malaysian Police had been working on relative to all intial induction courses undertaken and their accreditation withi a higher education framework.

During November, 2014 I gave a presentation to the British Society of Criminology, regional event held here at the University of Derby where the theme of the conference was policing in the 21st century. My paper was focused upon Policing in Partnership and explored my on-going doctorial research into this important aspect of policing.

Experience in industry

I was formerly a police Chief Superintendent with Staffordshire Police with whom I served for 30 years. I performed a range of policing functions throughout my service including working with the force Criminal Investigation Department, Head of Training and Development, Firearms and Public Order Command and a range of other specialist functions. I led the review into the way Staffordshire Police undertook murder and more complex crime investigations and subsequently implemented structural change, forming the forces Major Crime Unit.

I was also the Police Commander for a number of high profile public events, including large scale music festivals, football matches, and public disorder responses and firearms incidents. I served as Police Commander for one of the largest Basic Command Units (BCU) in the country and was heavily involved in local police partnerships. While Commander my BCU were a national pilot for drugs testing orders, Work Force Modernisation, Management of the Prolific Offenders Scheme and other developmental projects. Under my leadership the BCU won the National Tilley Award for problem solving policing in 2005 and were runners up in 2007.

During 2008 I was seconded to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) where I worked as a Staff Officer inspecting policing services throughout England and Wales against the backdrop of the Government's reform agenda.

I retired from the police service in January 2009 to become Programme Director of the BSc (Hons) Criminal Investigation degree at Birmingham City University and in June, 2012 I took up my present post as senior lecturer in Criminology at Derby. I continue to maintain a high profile media image, with both national and local media and I'm often called upon to provide expert knowledge on policing and police related issues.


In the media

Substantial media and press experience, including national and regional television/radio for the BBC, ITV and also a regular commentator on  local radio stations throughout the Midlands.

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