Dr Suzanne Young

Dr Suzanne Young


I joined the School of Law in summer 2018. I have been teaching in the fields of criminology, criminal justice and sociology for the past thirteen years having lectured at the University of Stirling, Edinburgh Napier University, the University of Glasgow and Leeds Beckett University. I am the British Society of Criminology's joint co-ordinator of the Yorkshire and Humberside regional group and Deputy Chair of the BSC Learning and Teaching Network. I use innovative methods of teaching and learning, with a particular focus on technology enhanced learning and communities of practice. My leadership expertise in these areas led to me being awarded Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2018. 


  • Programme Manager for the BA Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Co-Director Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education

Research interests

I undertake projects on learning and teaching in criminology with a focus on engagement, learning spaces and digital pedagogy. I have carried out a range of pedagogy projects and listed below are the current projects I am working on:

  • Evaluating the use of digital interactive learning tools
  • Exploring lecture preferences for enhancing student experience
  • Understanding the landscape of UK criminology
<h4>Research projects</h4> <p>Any research projects I'm currently working on will be listed below. Our list of all <a href="https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/dir/research-projects">research projects</a> allows you to view and search the full list of projects in the faculty.</p>


  • PhD Social Policy, University of Stirling
  • MSc Applied Social Research, University of Stirling
  • BA(Hons) Sociology and Criminology, University of Stirling
  • PG Certificate in Academic Practice, Leeds Beckett University

Professional memberships

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • British Society of Criminology
  • European Society of Criminology

Student education

I coordinate modules and deliver teaching across several modules on the BA Criminal Justice and Criminology degree. I also contribute to the delivery of the MSc Criminal Justice and Criminology and MSc Security, Conflict and Justice postgraduate degrees. I supervise undergraduate and postgraduate dissertations and PGR studies.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Criminal Justice Studies
  • Centre for Innovation and Research in Legal Education