Nigel Rourke has taught at St Martin's College and the University of Cumbria on a part-time over recent years and took up a full-time appointment in September 2009 with the School of Applied Social Sciences. Prior to this Nigel has been employed in the not for profit sector with the Citizens Advice Bureau service, in Local Government and in legal practice.

Qualifications and memberships

1992     Bachelor of Laws (LL. B) University of Central Lancashire

2000     Post-Graduate Certificate in Business & Management University of Salford

2003     Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Management Studies University of Salford

2006     Post-Graduate Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education: Lancaster

2008     Post-Graduate Certificate in Laws: Criminology & Criminal Justice UCL

2015     Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

2018     TUC Diploma in Employment Law


Institutional Service:

Member: University of Cumbria Academic Board

Member: University of Cumbria Validation Panel

UCU Branch Secretary

Academic and research interests

Criminology & Criminal Justice

Youth Justice

Corporate Crime including Corporate Killing and Health & Safety

Human Rights including Rights & Responsibilities

Medical Law including Consent, Confidentiality, Professional Negligence

Professional Ethics

Social Theory

Prisons & Punishment

Criminal Law & Evidence

Business Law

Trade Unions

Employment Law


M.Sc Dissertation: 'Criminal & Civil Liability for Managerial Failure' (2003) University of Salford

Recent external roles

University Programme Lead: Nelson & Colne College & Vision College: Malaysia