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Nigel Lee

Senior Lecturer

Faculty of Sport, Health and Social Sciences

Nigel Lee


Nigel commenced as a lecturer in criminology at Solent University in September 2017, after retiring as a detective sergeant with 25 years of police service. He spent the last 15 years of his service investigating the sexual and physical abuse of children and safeguarding the public by managing the risks posed by violent and sexual offenders in the community. He was also a Tier 5 interview manager, which is the highest level of training, skill, and accreditation available in the UK for suspect and witness interviewing. In September 2022 he was promoted to senior lecturer in criminology.

In 2008 he completed two years of study focussed on the psychology of child sex abusers’ offending to gain a PGC in Behavioural Forensic Psychology from the University of Central Lancashire. In 2013, he completed his MSc in Criminology and Criminal Psychology from Portsmouth University with his dissertation identifying the usefulness of recognised child sex offending theories and models being adapted for police suspect interviews. In 2016 he gained a PGC in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education from Winchester University and was awarded Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. He is also a visiting fellow at the Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, Portsmouth University where he is a member of the International Centre Of Forensic Interviewing research group chaired by Professor Becky Milne.

Since 2013 Nigel has given up his time to work with the Child Protection Unit of Cambodia delivering advice and training to capacity build the country’s response to child abuse investigation and prosecution. This work is fully supported by Solent University who now accredit the courses delivered. In June 2019 he received the chivalric honour of Commander of the Royal Order of Sahametrei. The Royal Order is the highest honour a foreign national can receive and is awarded for 'distinguished services to the King and to the people of Cambodia'.

Taught courses

BSc (Hons) Criminal Investigation with Psychology

Understanding the motives behind criminal behaviour is key in investigating crime to explain criminality and to deliver justice.

BA (Hons) Criminology

If you are curious about crime and justice with ambitions to shape society, this degree opens career opportunities in a range of roles across prisons and court services, policing, or investigation.

BA (Hons) Criminology and Sociology

This degree helps you develop critical perspectives on social behaviours, exploring justice, crime and inequality, to prepare you for a successful career and make a meaningful contribution to society.

BSc (Hons) Criminology and Psychology

Explore the world of crime and get behind the psychology of criminology and social justice, on this BPS-accredited degree.