Beyond the Prison Gate: Prison-University Partnerships

Prison visit.

Date: Thursday June 29th, 2017
Venue: Room HC.0.29, Heart of the Campus, 42 Collegiate Crescent, Sheffield, S10 2BP

Time: 3pm -7pm

The Helena Kennedy Centre/ Department of Law and Criminology is proud to offer you the opportunity to join our developing Prison Research and Learning Hub and take part in the book launch for ‘Without a Voice’ written by one of our key stakeholders, Michelle Nicholson, from Key Changes in Sheffield.

The purpose of the group is to share innovative ideas about prison research and prison-university partnerships on learning and development. We are keen to develop a network based on our existing partnerships across the UK, including those with HMP Kirkham, HMP Holme House and Public Health England.

This event offers:

  • several short presentations from specialists representing work with and research into each of the key areas
  • an opportunity to speak with Michelle about her experiences of the criminal justice system as she formally launches her book
  • An opportunity to shape our learning hub in this area
  • wine, canapes and the chance to network with a range of professionals working within these fields

We would be delighted if you were able to join us to learn about our partnerships and the opportunities they afford for innovation and hope.

All are welcome.

Booking is essential. Reserve your place here.

Lord Kerslake on ‘Britain’s Constitutional Crisis’ The Sheffield Institute for Policy Studies Annual Lecture 


Date: Thursday 6th July 2017
Venue: Heart of the Campus Lecture Theatre 

Time: 4–5:30PM

We are delighted that Lord Kerslake president of the Local Government Association, former head of the civil service and permanent secretary at the Department for Communities and Local Government will give the SIPS annual lecture on 6th July at Sheffield Hallam on ‘Britain’s Constitutional Crisis’.

Lord Bob Kerslake - headshot with white backgroundLord Kerslake is Chair of Sheffield Hallam University’s Board of Governors, Chair of London’s King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Chair of the Peabody Board, Chair of the London CIV, Chair of the Centre for Public Scrutiny (CfPS).

Lord Kerslake led the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) from November 2010 to February 2015. Prior to this, Lord Kerslake was the first Chief Executive of the Homes and Communities Agency. In early 2015, Lord Kerslake was made a life peer, taking the title Baron Kerslake, of Endcliffe in the City of Sheffield.

The lecture will take place on Thursday 6 July 2017 from 4pm to 5:30pm in the Heart of the Campus building lecture theatre at Sheffield Hallam University’s Collegiate Crescent Campus. Refreshments will be available from 3.30pm. The lecture will be followed by a wine reception.

All are welcome.

Booking is essential. Reserve your place here.

Welfare reforms and a new draconian regime of benefit conditionality and sanctions: the impact on claimants and landlords

Anti-Government protest, London

Date: Wednesday 22nd November 2017
Venue: Norfolk 210 Lecture Theatre Sheffield Hallam University – City Campus, 
Howard Street, Sheffield, S1 1WB

Time: 4–5:30PM

Welfare reforms and a new draconian regime of benefit conditionality and sanctions: the impact on claimants and landlords Successive Conservative led governments have introduced a series of welfare reforms designed to transform the benefit system in this country. They have done so in an attempt to cut the size of its benefit bill and ‘responsibilise’ benefit recipients. These reforms, which include the introduction of Universal Credit, a Benefit Cap and the Removal of the Spare Room Subsidy (the so-called ‘Bedroom Tax’), have had an adverse effect on low income households. Their lives have been made even more challenging by the introduction in 2012 of the harshest regime of conditionality and sanctions in the history of the British benefits system. This seminar examines the impact of these changes on benefit recipients and on the other stakeholder most affected by them: social housing landlords. It does so by exploring the impact of two developments: the introduction of Universal Credit and a harsher conditionality and sanctions regime. It will feature the following contributions:

‘Understanding the likely impact of Universal Credit: learning from the Direct Payment Demonstration Projects’ by Professor Paul Hickman from Sheffield Hallam University

‘Welfare conditionality, benefit sanctions and homelessness: ending the ‘something for nothing culture’ or punishing the poor?’ by Dr Kesia Reeve from Sheffield Hallam University

‘The Impact of a hostile welfare regime on social housing landlords’ by Tony Stacey from the South Yorkshire Housing Association

All are welcome.

Booking is essential. Reserve your place here.