Institute of Criminal Justice Studies


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Ms Rachel Goldhill

  • Qualifications: Master in Social Work, MSW (University of Sussex), CCETSW Practice Teaching Award (Southampton), D32/33 NVQ assessor award, Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (University of Brighton), Diploma in research methods (Open University)
  • Role Title: Senior Lecturer
  • Address: Based in Brighton: c/o Ravelin House, Ravelin Park, Museum Road, Portsmouth PO1 2QQ
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  • Department: Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Faculty: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


My first job in Probation was in 1980, as a Probation Ancillary (PSO equivalent), running a drop-in centre in Brighton. I qualified as a Home Office sponsored probation officer in 1984 with a Master in Social Work from the University of Sussex. I worked in Court and Case Management, Resettlement, as a manager at Brighton Bail Hostel, and a facilitator on the Thames Valley Sex Offender Groupwork Programme (TVSOGP). During this period I was an accredited practice teacher and lectured as an associate tutor on the criminal justice pathway of the MSW at Sussex University until that programme was replaced by the Diploma in Probation Studies (DipPS). After being a practice development assessor (PDA) to trainee probation students (1998-2004) I was appointed in 2004 as a regional senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. Since becoming a full-time lecturer I have gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at the University of Brighton and a Diploma in Research Methods from the Open University. I am currently going into the 7th (and hopefully final!) year of a part-time PhD, which focuses on probation workers and women service users exploring, through video, officer/service user interaction, the impact of emotional work on practitioners and organisational inputs. The research is within a qualitative framework with discourse analysis and ethnography of particular interest.

Relevant Employment

  • Senior Lecturer in Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth 2004-
  • Associate Tutor, Diploma in Probation Studies (DipPS)University of Portsmouth, 1998-2004
  • Associate Lecturer, MSW, University of Sussex 1994-1997
  • Practice Development Assessor (Sussex Probation) 1998-2004
  • Probation Officer, Sussex Probation 1985-2004


  • Probation work
  • Women service users
  • Female sex offenders
  • The pedagogy of reflective practice

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