Graduations 2003: Queen's Honours Top Criminologist

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LEADING criminologist Sir Anthony Bottoms was the guest of honour at Queen's University yesterday where he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Law.

Sir Anthony was a visiting professor at Queen's in 1999, and acted as an advisor to the House of Commons Northern Ireland Affairs Committee on the prison system at the same time.

In 2000, he joined the independent review which advised Queen's on how it could best develop the study of criminology in Ireland.

Sir Anthony began his academic career at Corpus Christi College, Oxford, where he studied for a degree in Law, before graduating in 1961.

He said: ''Some parts of the Law degree did not appeal to me, I wanted something more social. The first criminology courses were starting up around that time so I went to Cambridge to study it.''

Sir Anthony, who currently splits his time between Cambridge and Sheffield universities, has pioneered new areas for study including how defendants are treated within the criminal process and crime in urban areas. …