I joined the Law School at Strathclyde in 1990 as a Lecturer and was appointed to a Chair in Criminal Justice in 2001. My main research interests are in sentencing. I was a leading member of the team which designed and implemented a Sentencing Information System for the High Court in Scotland between 1993 and 2002. I have also conducted funded research on public knowledge of sentencing in Scotland and on the production and use of Social Enquiry Reports. I have been a member of the Visiting Committee for Barlinnie Prison, a board member of SACRO and between 2003 and 2006 a member of the Sentencing Commissipon for Scotland. I have acted as an advisor for the Justice Committee of the Scottish Parliament and submitted evidence to this committee.
I served as Dean of the Faculty of Law, Arts and Social Sciences between 2005 and 2009. I currently teach criminology and penology at undergraduate and post graduate level and superivise five PhD candidates.