UWE awards honorary degree to Professor Rod Morgan

Issue date: 16 November 2005

Issue date: 16/11/05

The University of the West of England is awarding the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws to Professor Rodney Emrys Morgan in recognition of his outstanding contribution to, research into, and the development of social policy within the field of, criminal justice. The honorary degree will be conferred at the Award Ceremony of the Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences on Monday 21 November at 14.45 at Bristol Cathedral.

Rod Morgan was born in Corfe Castle, in the county of Dorset, and attended Harrow Grammar School, Middlesex and Paston School, North Walsham, Norfolk. He read sociology and politics at the University of Southampton, where he completed both his Bachelors Degree and a Postgraduate Diploma in Applied Social Studies.

After beginning his academic career at the University of Southampton, as a researcher and lecturer in Social Policy, in 1972 Rod Morgan moved to the University of Bath as a lecturer. He later became senior lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy. In 1988, he became Director of the Bristol and Bath Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, a collaborative research centre which he co-founded.

In 1989, the Honorary Graduand moved to the University of Bristol as a Reader in Criminology. He subsequently became Professor of Criminal Justice and then Dean of the Faculty of Law. During that period, he was appointed as Assessor to an Inquiry headed by Lord Justice Woolf following the 1990 prison riots. In 1997 he became Director of the Centre for Criminology and Criminal Justice, based within the Faculty of Law at the University of Bristol, where he continues as Professor Emeritus.

In 2001 Professor Morgan became HM Chief Inspector of Probation for England and Wales and, in 2004, Chairman of the Youth Justice Board for England and Wales.

Professor Morgan has long served as an expert advisor to the Council of Europe and Amnesty International on custodial conditions and process, and the prevention of torture. He has written several books on this subject, including the Council of Europe’s guide to the Work of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture. His other books and articles cover aspects of: policing; criminal justice; and, penal policy. During his academic career has led empirical research studies into those topics. He is the co-editor of the principal text in the field of criminology in the United Kingdom, The Oxford Handbook of Criminology, and he is currently preparing the fourth edition and a similar text on probation policy, research and practice.

For more than twenty years, Professor Morgan was a lay magistrate and, for almost ten years, a member of the Independent Monitoring Board for a remand centre. He has: been a member of a police authority, and the Parole Board; chaired a district council crime and disorder partnership; and, chaired the Bristol Race Equality Council’s Criminal Justice Committee. Professor Morgan is regarded as a leader in the developments in his field and has served on many working parties and committees, official and unofficial, concerned with aspects of criminal justice, as well as acting as advisor to several related grant-giving and voluntary bodies.


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