Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Ms April Smith

  • Qualifications: BSc (Hons) Criminology with Psychology, MSc Criminology and Criminal Psychology (University of Portsmouth)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer in Criminology with Psychology - Course Leader BSc Criminology with Psychology
  • Address: Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Portsmouth, PO1 2QQ
  • Telephone: 023 9284 3069
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


I joined the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies as a Lecturer in 2014. I teach across all levels of Full Time Undergraduate (FTUG), Distance Learning (DL) and Post Graduate (PG) study. My research interests surround prisons, desistance, working with female offenders and psychology. My current PhD follows on from work conducted for my MSc, which is looking at the role of peer mentoring in the rehabilitation of female offenders at HMP Holloway and the impact it has on the prison regime.

Teaching Responsibilities

I teach across a range of Full Time Undergraduate (FTUG) units including:

  • Introduction to Criminology (L4)
  • Skills for Criminologists (L4)
  • Introduction to Psychology for Criminologists (L4)
  • Researching Criminology 1 (L4)
  • Researching Criminology 2 (L5)
  • Introduction to Criminal Justice (L4)
  • Treatment and Rehabilitation of Offenders (L6 option)
  • Contemporary Terrorism (L6 option)

I am also a personal tutor and dissertation supervisor to Level 6 students.

I am the unit co-ordinator for the core unit Psychology and Criminal Justice (L5), and the PG DL unit Psychology of Offending Behaviour.


  • Penology and prisons
  • Rehabilitation and desistance
  • Female offenders
  • Peer mentoring
  • Psychology

I am currently undertaking a PhD at the University of Portsmouth, where my research topic is focusing on the role of peer supporting at HMP Holloway, examining its impact on the prison regime and rehabilitation of female offenders.


Research profile

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