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Prof Jonathan Shepherd 

Prof J Shepherd
Position:Vice-Dean of Innovation & Engagement, Professor of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Telephone:+44 (0)29 2074 4215

Research Theme

Applied Clinical Research & Public Health

Research Group

Violence & Society

Professor Jonathan Shepherd CBE FMedSci is professor of oral and maxillofacial surgery and directs the Violence and Society Research Group which won the University a 2009 Queen's Prize in Higher Education. His research on clinical decisions and community violence have made many contributions to clinical and public policy and legislation. Prompted by his discoveries he led the development of a prototype community safety partnership which he continues to chair and which was used as a model in the 1998 Crime and Disorder Act which mandated the creation of such partnerships across Great Britain. He initiated and developed the pioneering Universities' Police Science Institute in Wales, the information sharing model for violence prevention which was adopted in the 2008 UK violence reduction strategy and by the Coalition Government in 2010, and a comprehensive care pathway for people harmed by violence. His proposal in 2008 for an independent professional body for policing was taken up by government and the new College of Policing was launched in 2013 underpinned by primary legislation. His surveys, laboratory work and field experiments on glass injury resulted in a switch to toughened glassware and polycarbonate and plasticware in the UK licensed trade. His research prompted the historic first National Institute for health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) technology appraisal and guidance in 2000.  He won the 2008 Stockholm Criminology Prize (the first UK recipient of what The Times described as "the equivalent of a Nobel prize"); is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists reflecting his contributions to alcohol and traumatic stress treatment services; of the College of Emergency Medicine; and of the Faculty of Public Health at the Royal College of Physicians. He has served as Vice Dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery and council member and trustee of the Royal College of Surgeons of England which awarded him an Honorary FRCS in 2012, and as vice chair of the national charity Victim Support. He contributed to the Domestic Violence (Wales) Bill and spoke for the NHS at the 2012 launch of the White Paper. He initiated and convenes the professions summit series including the 2013 summit on evidence-informed practice chaired by Lord O'Donnell. Since 2004 he has been a member of the UK government's alcohol strategy group which, most recently, developed and delivered the national 2012 strategy which includes actions resulting from his research. He is a member of council of the Academy of Medical Sciences and a member of the Home Office Science Advisory Council.