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The Socio-Legal Studies Association

This website contains information about the SLSA and our aims and objectives. You can find out how to join and about the many benefits of membership. There are details on all our activities including our prestigious socio-legal prizes, our research grants scheme, our seminar competition and our popular annual and postgraduate conferences.

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Socio-Legal Newsletter: don't miss the deadline for the spring issue

The deadline for the forthcoming spring issue of the newsletter is 29 January 2018. We want to hear about your news, publications, research, job changes and much more.

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SLSA 2018: Early bird registration

Early bird registration for Bristol 2018 closes on Friday 19 January. Don't miss out on the substantial savings for members.

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SLSA chair and Exec

The SLSA chair is Professor Rosie Harding (pictured) of the University of Birmingham. She took up the post in April 2017. Members are invited to contact the chair or a member of the Executive Committee with their comments, suggestions and feedback. See the Exec page for details.

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Centre for Research into Quality

University of Central England

The (Centre for Research into Quality) CRQ at the University of Central England (UCE) has extensive experience in delivering high quality higher education policy research at institutional, national and international levels, informed by researching perceptions of the various stakeholders in higher education: students, staff, employers and professional bodies.

CRQ conducts the Student Satisfaction Survey – large-scale quantitative research carried out on an annual basis within UCE. It explores the student opinion of the total student experience at UCE. The Student Satisfaction approach, pioneered by CRQ, has been published in the Student Satisfaction Manual (1997) and has been adapted to explore the views of a variety of stakeholders, eg staff and professional placement supervisors. At UCE, the student and staff satisfaction surveys are used by decision makers as a management tool, shaping policy at an institutional level. A new area of work for CRQ is prison policy in the areas of HIV/Aids, drugs and suicide. CRQ has also gained a reputation for its involvement in all types of social research. The professional research team has extensive expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research techniques, including large-scale surveys, focus group discussions, and in-depth interviewing.CRQ is committed to policy-related research and will continue to develop research and consultancy in the fields of prison policy, prisoners' health, HIV/AIDS, drugs, probation and suicide and mental health. The centre undertakes research in these areas in the UK, Western Europe, and Central and Eastern Europe.

Dr Morag MacDonald has been involved in research in the area of criminal justice for the last 10 years specialising in the area of Prisons focusing on drugs, HIV and health care. This year she has joined the Centre for Criminal Justice Policy and Research based in the Law and Social Sciences Faculty and looks forward to developing collaborative research both nationally and internationally with the centre.