Law and Criminology

Founded in 1901 as the Department of Law, the Department of Law and Criminology bases itself on a long, reputable and increasingly varied experience of education and academic work. Over the years a large number of well-known legal academics have taught in the Department and our law graduates have made their mark in a range of subsequent careers. We are confident in our distinctive identity and reputation for teaching of a high quality, linked to a vigorous research activity and carried out in a stimulating and friendly environment. Our activities benefit from a mature and well-stocked library and generous and up-to-date information technology provision.

We are committed to a policy of innovation and development in teaching and research.  We regularly review both the range and content of our degree schemes and our modes of teaching and assessment in order to respond effectively to the needs and expectations of our student body. We aim to maximise choice in our provision of legal education while ensuring that teaching is informed by up-to-date scholarship at the highest level. All members of academic staff are active in research and publication and participate in national and international debate and policy-making in the legal and related fields. Recently, for instance, staff have been involved in the work of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, the Countryside Commission for Wales, the Radioactive Waste Management Advisory Committee and the Welsh Assembly Standing Orders Commission.

The Department actively participates in international and European academic networks, for purposes of both student mobility and exchanges (for instance through the Erasmus programme) and staff and postgraduate research. There is a strong international student profile in the Department and there are frequent visits by academics and experts from other countries.