My first and postgraduate degrees are in Sociology and were gained from the University of Essex. Before moving to Liverpool Hope University (then Liverpool Institute of Higher Education) in 1991, I worked for 10 years in the Faculty of Education at the North East Wales Institute of Higher Education (now Glyndwr University) teaching on a number of courses including Diploma and In-Service courses for youth and social workers and B.Ed, M.Ed. and PGCE programmes. In my time at Liverpool Hope I have been Head of Sociology, Programme Leader for Criminology and Award Co-ordinator for the M.A. in Criminal Justice. My major research interests focus on the role of the media in influencing public and professional attitudes towards crime and justice and on the philosophical justifications for punishment.