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Dr Helen Nichols

Senior Lecturer in Criminology

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Criminology, Sociology and Policing

Qualifications

  • BA
  • MA
  • PGCert
  • PhD

Summary

Helen Nichols is a Senior Lecturer in Criminology at the University of Hull having previously held posts at the University of Lincoln and Leeds Beckett University. Helen’s research focuses broadly on contemporary adult male imprisonment. More specifically her interests lie in the experience and impact of imprisonment. Following her PhD research which explored adult male prisoners’ experiences of education in the processes of personal change and coping with the experience of imprisonment, Helen published the book ‘Understanding the educational experiences of imprisoned men: (Re)education’ with Routledge in March 2021. In 2021, she conducted research on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on access to healthcare for people under probation supervision. Helen continues to actively research in the field of penology and is currently researching the wellbeing of prison governors.

Recent outputs

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Journal Article

Probation and COVID-19: Lessons learned to improve health-related practice

Sirdfield, C., Nichols, H., & Mullen, P. (2022). Probation and COVID-19: Lessons learned to improve health-related practice. Probation Journal, 69(2), 216-234. https://doi.org/10.1177/02645505221087980

Does Lecture Format Matter? Exploring Student Preferences in Higher Education

Young, S., Nichols, H., & Cartwright, A. (2020). Does Lecture Format Matter? Exploring Student Preferences in Higher Education. Journal of Perspectives in Applied Academic Practice, 8(1), 30-40

Editorial: Critical Reflections on Higher Education in Prison

Nichols, H., Young, S., & Behan, C. (2019). Editorial: Critical Reflections on Higher Education in Prison. Journal of Prison Education and Reentry, 6(1), 1-5

HIGHER EDUCATION IN HIGH SECURITY: MEANINGFUL EDUCATION EXPERIENCES IN THE ABSENCE OF LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES

Nichols, H. (2018). HIGHER EDUCATION IN HIGH SECURITY: MEANINGFUL EDUCATION EXPERIENCES IN THE ABSENCE OF LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES. Advancing Corrections Journal, 70-80

A reflexive evaluation of technology-enhanced learning

Young, S., & Nichols, H. (2017). A reflexive evaluation of technology-enhanced learning. Research in Learning Technology, 25, https://doi.org/10.25304/rlt.v25.1998

Research interests

Prisons, Penology, Criminal Justice

Awards and prizes

Inspirational Educator Award in Prison Education (The Worshipful Company of Educators)

2018

Journal editorial role

Book Reviews Editor, Prison Service Journal

2022

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