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Dr Carole Binns

PositionLecturer in Criminal Justice Studies
LocationPemberton P1.32
DepartmentSociology and Criminology
Feedback HoursVarious: please check my door
Telephone+44 (0) 1274 235292

Research Interests (key words only)

Assessment, curriculum design, higher education, insider research, law, social policy.

PhD Supervision

Currently acting as an associate supervisor for two Doctoral students.

Teaching and Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Contemporary Criminal Justice
  • Law
  • Crime and Law
  • Dissertation module

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Marketing and Admissions Divisional Lead
  • Research Seminar Series Co-ordinator
  • MA 'Sociology, Social Policy and Crime' Programme Leader
  • Probationary mentor for new lecturers


  • Carole was made a 'Fellow of the Higher Education Academy' in 2011
  • Previously worked for Sweet and Maxwell as a Senior Legal Editor, and as part of a small team, wrote the Times Law Reports
  • Was awarded a commendation by the Law Society in 1999

Study History

  • BSc Undergraduate programme (First class honours)
  • MSc Masters programme (London School of Economics)
  • Professional Programme in Law (University of Huddersfield)
  • PGC (HEP) (distinction) (University of Bradford)
  • PhD (University of Bradford)


Professional History

Carole is a referee / reviewer for the Journal of Further and Higher Education.

Professional Activities

  • Peer Reviewer for Taylor and Francis publications
  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Research Areas

Currently involved in a project concerning Academics who are from a working-class heritage.

Current Projects

Carole has a book contract with Cambridge Scholars Publishing.


Carole is a member of the Society for Research into Higher Education (SRHE).


Binns, C. (2017) Module Design in Changing Era of Higher Education: academic identity, cognitive difference and institutional barriers, Palgrave MacMillan.

Binns C., (2016) Under Pressure: an exploration of the module design experiences of academic staff employed in one UK university, Journal of Further and Higher Education.

Binns C., (2016) What can ‘social practice’ theory and ‘socio-cultural’ theory contribute to our understanding of the processes of module design?  Journal of Further and Higher Education.


Conference presentation, June 2017, National Educational Opportunities Network (NEON). 'Experiences of designing modules for a widening audience in Higher Education: helping students to achieve their potential'.

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