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Dr Simon Fox

Head of Law

Faculty of Business, Law and Digital Technologies


Simon is Head of Law at Solent University, Principal Lecturer in Law and Criminology, and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)

Simon has led the law and criminology courses at Solent University since 2016, and he is delighted by Solent Law School’s recent success in The Guardian University Guide 2020: League table for Law, where it has risen to now being ranked 5th out of 101 UK universities.

A former police officer, Simon has a PhD (Law) from Nottingham Trent University on the legal accountability of policing, human rights and models of policing cooperation. Simon’s academic research career began at Cambridge University, where he was employed as part of a team that researched the relationship between the use of drugs and crime. His current interests are in criminal investigation processes, concepts of accountability and human rights, and Safeguarding. Simon’s recent work on the monitoring of violent and sex offenders has been used by police services across England and Wales as a reference for their workload planning.

Having written numerous research and conference papers, Simon has given keynote speeches all around the world and has advised various criminal justice organisations in the United Kingdom, Turkey and USA on the Rule of Law, and the methods and processes of crime analysis to prevent and reduce crime.

Simon is very proud of the outstanding accomplishments of both law and criminology at Solent University and he is currently building upon their common research interests to form a safeguarding research theme at Solent. He believes that the emphasis on safeguarding will be a key element to the development of further research excellence at Solent University.

Simon adds:

Law at Solent University is rated so highly by the league tables because of the lecturers and administrative support staff. They collectively possess a vast level of knowledge and experience that culminates in innovative and compelling teaching. Each member of the Solent Law team truly cares about their students, and this makes all the difference when it comes to inspiring people to enjoy their learning journey. I am very lucky to work with a team that shares my values, in a career that can positively change a person’s future, on subjects that are so interesting and crucial to all.

Taught courses

Further information

Recent publications

'Retaining the Right People on the DNA Database: An Analytical Response to the European Court of Human Rights' 04.12.2008 Grand Chamber Judgement S. and Marper V. The United Kingdom. ACPO. Home Office, (2010).

'A Force for Change? Enhancing authentic assessment on undergraduate criminology programmes in two UK universities'. Centre for Sociology, Anthropology and Politics (C-SAP). December (2009).

'Establishing the Legitimacy of the Policing Family: Plurality, Power and the Protection of the Human Rights Act' (1998). PhD. February, 2008.

Conference Papers

'The current processes of tackling serious and organised crime'. The need for intelligence and effective communication, The Serious and Organised Crime Conference. April 2013. Southampton Solent University.

'Co-operative or Competitive Police? How best to nurture the nature of transnational policing?' Southampton Solent University Research Series, 2011.

'The Retention of DNA: A Detection Right or a ‘Human Wrong’?' British Society of Criminology Conference, Leicester, July 2010.

'A Force For Change? Evaluating ‘Authentic Assessment’' on Undergraduate Criminology Programmes in Two UK Universities. British Society of Criminology Conference, Leicester, July 2010, with Prof F. Leishman.

'Chair DNA and Human Rights Session'. British Society of Criminology Conference, Leicester, July 2010.

'Evaluating ‘Authentic Assessment’ on Undergraduate Criminology Programmes in Two UK Universities'. Higher Education Academy Conference, Birmingham, with Prof F. Leishman, 2010.

'Enhancing Assessment at HE'. British Society of Criminology Conference, Cardiff, July 2009.

'The Progressive Learning Scenario', British Society of Criminology Conference, Huddersfield, July 2008.

'The Legitimacy of Plural Policing', British Society of Criminology Conference, Glasgow, July 2007.

'Plural Policing: Society’s Product and Panacea'. British Society of Criminology Conference, Leeds, July 2005.

'Policing: A Model of Plurality', British Society of Criminology Conference, Portsmouth, July 2004.

Work in progress

  • Co-operative or Competitive Police? How best to nurture the nature of transnational policing? - On going research with support from the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) Criminal Records Office, and the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
  • Human Rights versus Cyber Wrongs - research paper examining the international ‘balance’ achieved between human rights and the control of cyber crime.