Ms Deena Parmar

Job: Senior 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


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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 is also involved in the design, leadership and delivery of the Masters in Community and Criminal Justice Leadership (MCCJL) 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. 

Deena's responsibilities are Programme Leader for the MCCJL which will be for learners who are funding themselves and will welcome the first cohort of learners in September 2025. Deena is also Deputy Programme Leader for the MCCJL which has a cohort of learners sponsored by the MoJ and is currently in progress. 

Deena is also Module Leader for the Risk Management and Desistance Approaches Module (Level 7). This module presents academic research, knowledge and understanding that better equips professionals to examine, discuss, debate and reflect upon the core components of risk management and desistance approaches. The module encourages learners to examine the material through a leadership lens to prepare them to move into leadership roles in the Criminal Justice System in the future.

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
  • Risk Assesment and Management in the CJS
  • Equality and Diversity
  • Minoritised Professionals in the CJS

Areas of teaching

  • Risk Assessment and Risk Management
  • Desistance Approaches
  • Practice Development for Probation Practitioners


  • BA (Hons) Archaeology and Sociology
  • BA (Hons) Community Justice
  • Diploma in Probation Studies
  • MA Criminology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Academic Practice

Courses taught

Professional Qualification in Probation (PQiP) courses

Masters in Community and Criminal Justice Leadership

Membership of professional associations and societies

  • The Probation Institute
  • Academy for Social Justice
  • Association for Coaching

Professional licences and certificates

  • Diploma in Probation Studies
  • Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy


Currently studying for ILM Level 5 in Effective Coaching and Mentoring.