Prior to joining Middlesex University, I worked in a variety of practitioner roles within the criminal justice system. This includes working as a drug and alcohol practitioner and as a qualified probation officer.
I recently completed PhD focused on the resettlement of short sentence prisoners that have taken place under the 'transforming rehabilitation' reforms, with the aims to understand how this sentence is experienced by those subject to it, and enacted by practitioners 'on the ground floor level'.
PhD: 'Practitioner and service user experiences of short term imprisonment and resettlement under the Offender Rehabilitation Act 2014'
PGcert Higher Education and Fellow of the HEA
PG Diploma in Community Justice
MA Youth Justice, Community Safety and Applied Criminology. Winner of the Yvonne Heard Award in Criminology
BA Honours Sociology and Criminology
Learning & Teaching Interests
My main areas of teaching include the criminal justice system, rehabilitation and desistance, penology and prisons and substance misuse. I also teach across a variety of modules including the first year modules; crime and control in a social context, and research methods.
Research Outputs & Interests
My research interests include the lived experiences of punishment, prison policy and practice, probation policy and practice, and resettlement/reentry from prison.
Ward, Jennifer and Gray, Natalie and Cracknell, Matthew (2017) Transformative learning through university and prison partnership: an evaluation of the Middlesex University and HMP Wandsworth Prison module. In: Middlesex University Annual Learning and Teaching Conference 2017, 08 Sept 2017, Middlesex University, London, UK.