Ms Deena Parmar

Job: Lecturer

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: 0116 250 6162



Personal profile

Deena Parmar has previously worked for the Probation Service in Warwickshire for 20 years. She has experience as a Probation Officer and a Senior Practitioner in an Offender Management setting. Deena has worked in both the National Probation Service and in Warwickshire and West Mercia Community Rehabilitation Company (WWM CRC) for a period of four years following the implementation of Transforming Rehabilitation (TR). Through working as an Offender Manager, Deena has highly developed expertise in risk management and has managed a wide variety of cases ranging through all of the risk levels, both in custody and the community and from diverse backgrounds.

Deena joined De Montfort University in January 2021 as a Lecturer. She is involved with the delivery of the Probation Qualifications pathways, under a contract with the Ministry of Justice. This pathway provides a learning provision for students aspiring to become Probation Officers (levels 4 and 5), as well as students already embarked upon the qualification programme (level 6).

Deena's responsibilities are Module Leader for Practice Development Module (Level 6) which focuses on learners demonstrating their ability to relate theoretical understandings to their practice as a Probation Practitioner at an advanced level, reflecting on themselves as practitioners and showing progression in practice development. Deena is also involved with tutoring on the Probation Service Officer Progression Pathway Programme (Level 5) and is Deputy Programme Leader for the Justice Leaders Masters Programme (Level 7) which is a brand new programme developed alongside the Ministry of Justice to develop future leaders to work across Prison, Probation and the Youth Custody Service. 

Research group affiliations

Institute for Research in Criminology and Community and Social Justice

Publications and outputs

Parmar, D. and Nudd, D. (2021) Post-Unification Priorities for Probation: Former Practitioners' Perspectives.
Probation Quarterly, 21.

Research interests/expertise

Research interests lie in the field of Probation Work and the Criminal Justice System. Particular areas of interest include:

  • Probation Training
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Women and Crime
  • Minoritised Professionals in the CJS

Areas of teaching

  • Practice Development
  • The Rehabilitation of Offenders
  • The Criminal Justice System


  • BA (Hons) Archaeology and Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Community Justice
  • Diploma in Probation Studies
  • MA Criminology

Courses taught

Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) courses

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • The Probation Institute
  • Academy for Social Justice

Professional licences and certificates

Diploma in Probation Studies