Case study

How graduate Kanish is rehabilitating offenders in prison role

Kanish Jones has gone straight from her MSc Forensic Psychology degree to working at the largest prison in Europe for sexual offenders. Kanish secured the role as Interventions Facilitator at HMP Whatton in Nottinghamshire while still studying.

Career advice

Kanish’s role at Whatton includes facilitating training sessions and one-to-one and group sessions that look to reduce the likelihood of prisoners re-offending. She says her lecturers’ experience was vital in helping her secure the role.

“My lecturers were really helpful with my career, offering me guidance as they had previously been in the same role. I was provided with lots of advice and tips,” she says.

“Without this course, I wouldn’t be able to progress with my career aspirations. It has allowed me to gain understanding in many fields of Forensic Psychology that I can apply in a real life setting and also my working life. And it has opened me to many opportunities. For example, I can carry on my training to become a Forensic Psychologist, or I could work in other settings, such as probation.”

A change of direction

Kanish chose to study at Derby as having two children under the age of three meant she wanted to study somewhere close to home. She had previously studied her PGCE at Derby but wanted to gain her MSc in Forensic Psychology to develop knowledge and experience of Forensic Psychology with a long-term aim of working in a forensic field and becoming a chartered psychologist.

“Being a previous student at Derby I was able to quickly see all of the fantastic resources available to students. All staff I worked with were approachable and professional with a real desire to make a difference to their students, so I knew that when I wanted to study Forensic Psychology at postgraduate level Derby would be my first point of call. The course itself was very appealing with a focus on many subtopics which cemented the foundations of knowledge that was required.”

Supportive academic team

Kanish credits the Forensic Psychology team for her success and for making the course so enjoyable. She says: “The academics in general were all supportive and available. Lectures were interesting and engaging, and Dean Fido specifically is an incredible lecturer; programme lead and overall academic. He was always on hand to support each and every one of us making sure to give his students a voice and fulfil any agreements.

"The network the teaching team have developed is fantastic too, which allowed us to gain insight into various careers, have guest speakers and really brought the teaching to life. The course has enriched many skills and I also gained experience in writing reflecting diaries, something I will definitely carry on doing within my work.”

Kanish Jones wearing a headscarf.

Derby is a great place to study, with a teaching team that are driven by ensuring students' success. The course itself is so interesting and constantly is reviewed to make sure it is current.

Kanish Jones
MSc Forensic Psychology