Miss Nicola Collett

Job: Lecturer in Community and Criminal Justice

Faculty: Health and Life Sciences

School/department: School of Applied Social Sciences

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

T: N/A

E: nicola.collett@dmu.ac.uk


Personal profile

Nicola is an early-career researcher currently undertaking her PhD. Prior to this, Nicola worked for the Charity Leaders-Unlocked as a Project Co-ordinater for the Staffordshire Youth Commission, and later the Cheshire Youth Commission. This enabled her to gain experience in active research within the local area funded by the retrospective Police and Crime Commissioners.

Research group affiliations

Institute for Research in Criminology and Community and Social Justice

Publications and outputs

Collett, N.A. and Williams, J. (2022) 'Criminal Records and Life Chances' Research Seminar. DMU Prisons and Probation Research Hub - 'Hope' Series. Available: Criminal Records and Life Chances - YouTube

Collett, N.A. (2022) Accounting for the gendered nature of ‘collateral consequences’ of a criminal record. In: Eds. Masson, I. and Booth, N. The Routledge Handbook of Women's Experiences of Criminal Justice. 1st Ed. pp. 475-486

Knight, V., Baldwin, L., Little, R., Collett, N. (2022) Prison and Probation Research Hub: Consultation of Prison Strategy White Paper.https://hdl.handle.net/2086/21675

Research interests/expertise

Nicola's PhD research seeks to explore the lived experience of adult men and women, now aged twenty-five and over, living in the UKwith a criminal record attained in 'youth'. Nicola adopted a narrative approach to her research. You can find regular blog posts relating to her research via the Unlock charity website.

Areas of teaching

Nicola has experience teaching a range of sociology and criminology modules. She is currently module leader for Mental Health and Crime (second year undergraduate) and module leader for the third year undergraduate dissertation module.


BA Geography with Criminology, Keele University. MA Criminology and Criminal Justice, Keele University.

Membership of professional associations and societies

European Society of Criminology Working Group on Collateral Consequences of Criminal Records

Member of the Prison and Probation Research Hub 

Forthcoming events

Prison and Probation Research Hub Digital Event December 2022. Paper titled: 'Criminal Records and Life Chances: How to facilitate "hope" for people with convictions?'

Conference attendance

Eurocrim2022 Presentation title: 'Traversing Disclosure Landscapes'

Eurocrim2019 Presentation title: 'Understanding The Influence Of An Early Life Criminal Record On Adult Life Courses; Preliminary Findings And Reflections'