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Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

We are helping to build effective and accountable organisations which provide justice to all.  From our research on corruption, to our nationally renowned Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies, we are making an important difference both locally and nationally.

In the Spotlight: The Student Law Office

The Student Law office is our award-winning student law clinic which offers free legal services to members of the public, businesses and community groups free of charge. As a pro-bono service, the office offers access to justice to those who would have otherwise struggled to have legal representation. The areas the clinic is able to assist with include welfare, family law and civil disputes. The office has dealt with over 3000 enquiries, represented more than 1000 clients and secured over £1 million on their behalf since it opened in 2008.

At a Glance: From Our Research to our Operations

  • Our world-class experts in criminology, forensics, business and law equip students with skills to respond to the changing face of crime through courses such as the Criminology and Forensic Sciences BSc and Criminology and Criminal Justice MA.
  • We work in partnership with Northumbria Police to educate new police officers through the joint delivery of the new Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA).
  • The Northumbria Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies (NCECJS) brings together our academics and postgraduate students with major stakeholders in the criminal justice systems including members of the judiciary, legal practitioners, senior police officers and leading expert witnesses. The Centre organises an annual seminar programme.
  • We have been awarded funding by the Global Integrity Anti-Corruption Evidence Programme(GI-ACE), an international partnership led by the UK Government, for research to help tackle global corruption.
  • We run a series of free Responsible Business Seminars with NIBE to promote responsibility in organisations and businesses across the region.
  • Our Board of Governors oversees our activities and ensures accountability of the University’s executive functions.
  • We have a Fraud and Bribery Policy in place to counter fraud and bribery.
  • Our Ethical Investment Declaration pledges that we do not and will not invest in fossil fuel companies, arms companies, tobacco companies, alcohol companies and companies complicit in the violation of international law. This is supported by our Ethical Investment Policy which is overseen by Employment & Finance Committee (this includes student representation).  We do not currently hold any investments but details of any investments in the future will be listed in the relevant Annual Report & Financial Statement.
  • The Students’ Union acts as a student voice and we work closely with a number of staff Unions.

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