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Pioneering Caribbean criminologist inspires bursary

14 July 2011

Professor Howard JonesProfessor Howard Jones

Caribbean and Guyanese students are being offered a new bursary at the School of Social Sciences, named after a pioneer of criminology research in the region.

Professor Howard Jones was a leading researcher into crime, punishment and social conditions in the Caribbean. Professor Jones, who died in 2007, played an influential role in developing probation services and alternatives to prison in Barbados, Guyana and Jamaica.

Now the School and Professor Jones’ family have created a new PhD studentship in his memory. The Professor Howard Jones Bursary is open to applicants from the Caribbean and Guyana who are interested in conducting high class criminology and criminal justice research.

Professor Mike Levi, who worked closely with Professor Jones, said: "Howard had a very strong sense of attachment to the Caribbean. His widow, Bess, wants to continue that link by encouraging research in the region. She and her family have made an extremely generous donation to support this opportunity for a promising new social scientist."

Professor Levi, himself an acknowledged world expert on fraud and white collar crime, added: "The School has research strengths across a wide range of crime, including internet crime, money laundering and organised crime. We also have expertise in violent crime, community safety and policing. So we will be able to support the successful applicant in any field of criminology research – we just want a strong candidate with good ideas. We hope they will be able to develop their scholarship and also feed back into policy and practice, as Howard did."

The Bursary, starting in September 2011, will provide the successful student with an annual stipend of £13,590 for one year of a Research Masters and three years of PhD study. Applicants must have an upper second degree or equivalent and an interest in the highest standards of research in criminology and criminal justice.

The closing date for applications is July 30 2011. For further inquiries contact Dr Matthew Williams in the School of Social Sciences on of telephone +44 (0)29 208 74853.