Mrs Kaushika Patel

Job: Interim Pro Vice-Chancellor/Dean of Health and Life Sciences

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: +44 (0)116 257 7705




Personal profile

Kaushika is the Interim Dean for the Faculty of Health and Life Sciences at De Montfort University (DMU), and has been in academia since 2007. 

Kaushika Patel is a qualified social worker and practice assessor with over 17 years’ experience working with children and young people in settings ranging from children’s community homes, child protection units through to young offenders and now higher education.

Her research interests include criminal justice with a specific focus on young offenders and their experiences within the criminal justice system especially those experiences of young females and ‘black’ young people and also an interest in the transition of black young people into higher education especially for those who may be first generation HEI students and their experiences of university life and academia.

Research group affiliations

Community and Criminal Justice

Research interests/expertise

  • Young Offenders
  • The Youth Justice System
  • Young Female Offenders
  • Black Youth and Crime
  • Transitions and Young People
  • Police Officer Training and development including initial training, leadership and management
  • Transition into, and experiences of, higher education for BME first generation HEI students.

Areas of teaching

  • Youth crime and social control
  • International perspectives of crime
  • Diversity and discrimination


  • MA Criminology
  • BA Hons Applied Social Sciences
  • CQSW (Certificate of Qualification in Social Work).

Courses taught

  • MA Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • BA (Hons) Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • FdA Police Studies (IPLDP programme).

Conference attendance

Professionalising Police: A partnership model to developing and delivering a pre-join foundation degree. Joint paper with John Bill, ex Learning and Development Manager at Leicestershire Constabulary. September 2011 Northampton University, National HE Forum in Police Training Annual Conference

Consultancy work

YMCA : Housing provision for young people: Consultancy project.

Externally funded research grants information

Evaluation of Restorative Approaches Project in Children’s Care Homes in Leicestershire (2008-2010) for Leicestershire Youth Offending Service.

Case studies

Evaluation of Restorative Approaches Project in Children’s Care Homes in Leicestershire (2008-2010) for Leicestershire Youth Offending Service. This evaluation directly led to the further funding of a post to continue the work started on this initiative by Leicestershire Youth Offending Service.