Staff profile

Charlotte Fletcher-Morgan

Head of Criminology and Social Sciences and Deputy Head of Department

Charlotte Fletcher Morgan, Head of Criminology and Social Sciences at the University of Derby




College of Business, Law and Social Sciences


Criminology and Social Sciences

Research centre

Social, Cultural and Legal Research Centre, Better Society




One Friar Gate Square, Derby Campus



Having spent 10 years in practice and as a researcher, and a subsequent 10 years in academia, I have a real understanding of issues of social exclusion, criminal justice and community cohesion. I am currently Head of Criminology and Social Sciences and Deputy Head of Department with a portfolio of Criminology, Criminal Psychology, International Relations, Politics and Sociology.

Teaching responsibilities

I have over 10 years' experience as a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer. Utilising my expertise as a practitioner and trainer of youth justice practitioners, my teaching is now focused around module content looking at young offenders. I also supervise dissertation projects for both undergraduates and postgraduates. In 2018 I was part of a team who were awarded the Journal of British Criminology teaching prize.

Research interests

My research interests are in young people in the youth justice system, social exclusion, drug and alcohol misuse, mental ill health, school exclusion and disaffection.

Membership of professional bodies


Recent conferences

Experience in industry

I have had 15 years of experience within the youth justice industry, as a trainer, a practitioner and a researcher.

Nottingham Trent University

During my time with Nottingham Trent University, I trained youth justice practitioners from across the county on a variety of courses written in conjunction with the Youth Justice Board.

Youth Offending Service

I have worked within the youth justice field in both a generic capacity as a case worker taking a lead role in report writing and in a specialist remit, with responsibility for the educational wellbeing of young offenders in the locality. During my time with Derbyshire Youth Offending Service, I established a regular forum comprising educational specialists including local head teachers, pastoral workers and behaviour support staff to consider the future of young people on the verge of being excluded and undertook whole service quality assurance exercises.

National Foundation for Educational Research

As a researcher for the NFER I specialised in research with young people who were excluded from and/or disaffected from mainstream schooling settings for sponsors such as the Home Office, Department for Education and the Local Governement Association. I also spent time working with a range of different youth offending services looking at offence specific programmes.

International experience

I have established links with San Quentin prison in California and have set up an innovative project with an arts based education project in the prison, taking Criminology Students to discuss artwork with the inmates and commissioning pieces around a particular theme to showcase in our One Friar Gate Square building in Derby. During our educational visits to America, I am part of a team who have a network of criminal justice agencies - in Miami, Los Angeles and San Francisco. I lead an International trip to the Hague University each year, taking over 120 students from Criminology, Criminal Psychology and Policing. I have recently accompanied Sociology students on visits to Berlin and International Relations Students to Geneva.

Recent publications

 Nee Fletcher-Morgan