Who is Allan T Moore?
I am a 34 year old lecturer in criminology and criminal justice within the School of Media, Culture & Society at the University of the West of Scotland, based at the Hamilton Campus of the institution. Within the Criminal Justice group I am currently the coordinator for the honours level Victimology module on the BA (Hons) Criminal Justice programme and the honours dissertations that all 4th year students have to undertake. Immediately prior to my current position, I was a lecturer in law between September 2007 and January 2014 (on an associate basis between September 2007 and December 2009, then full time between January 2010 and January 2014), and have previously coordinated and taught a wide variety of law related subjects and areas including Criminal Law, Rules of Evidence, Public International Law / Law of the European Union, Employment Law, Family Law, Contract Law, Media Law, Constitutional Law, Children and the Law, and Administrative Law.
In addition to my responsibilities at UWS I am also an external examiner at the University of Westminster in London for their standard LLB, LLB with French, and LLB European Legal Studies, and an external examiner at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen on their LLB and BA programmes.
My own qualifications and education currently comprise of a first class honours degree in law, PgCert’s in both Research Methodology and Teaching & Learning in Higher Education, FPC qualifications accredited by the CII and a full fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. In addition to this I have completed and passed MOOCs through both edX and FutureLearn in the Psychology of Criminal Justice (University of Queensland), Terrorism and Counterterrorism (Georgetown University), and Forensic Science (University of Strathclyde). I have recently submitted my PhD thesis related to the subject of contempt of court (including Human Rights law, Courtroom Environment & Behaviour, and an ethnographic analysis of the courtroom), after carrying out research for a number of years on a part time basis whilst working full time. I should hopefully find out the result of this after a viva to be held around November of this year (2015).
I have some experience in successful funding applications both internally and externally. Previously I have had a £5,500 grant awarded by the Higher Education Academy for a year long individual research project following a proposal that I solely put together and submitted in early summer 2012 related to student learning in the courtroom environment. I have previously successfully bid for funding from UWS following a personally and solely constructed research proposal linked to international research, after carrying out a significant amount of research and literature review in the area of genocide in advance of my bid. The funding was used to travel to Rwanda to study and research detail regarding the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi population in the region. Whilst there I spoke with a mixture of senior political, social, educational, religious and justice figures; as well as conversing with a great many ordinary Rwandan citizens both in the streets of Kigali and further afield in places like Musanzi and Nyanza. I was also allowed inside Mpanga prison and spoke with convicts, and visited Ingando TIG camp to talk with those who are carrying out community service after being released from prison. This is just a selection of the things that I was able to do, but hopefully gives a little insight into the extensive and inclusive areas I was able to collect data on.
In terms of professional body membership, I am a member of the following:
- Member of the Society of Legal Scholars (SLS)
- Member of the Scottish Public Law Group (SPLG)
- Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)
- Member of the Scottish Institute for Policing Research (SIPR) – Police – Community Relations Network
- Member of the International Association of Genocide Scholars (IAGS)
Politically I am a member of the Labour party, though I am not an entrenched fanatic who agrees with everything that the party does.
Finally in an academic sense, I was very proud to be nominated for two teaching awards ‘Lecturer of the 21st Century’ and ‘Interactive Lecturer of the Year’ at the Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland (SAUWS) annual awards in 2010. In 2014, I was again thankful to be nominated in the UWS STARS awards for the ‘Outstanding Teaching’ category nominated by students of the University.
Outside of law and education I have a wide variety of interests that I may also blog / comment on from time to time including:
- Running – My usual distance for racing is 10km and when fit I complete the distance in sub-45 minutes. Having sustained a serious injury to one of my legs in late 2010 (a complicated series of breaks to my left leg and ankle during a football match resulting in surgery and permanent insertion of titanium screws / pins to the leg), my times naturally took a big hit on my return to running, but by September 2012 I was again running times circa 44 minutes for 10km. I have completed the Great Scottish Run half marathon three times, raised several hundreds of pounds for charities, and in the past five or six years have finished a total of somewhere around a dozen half marathons, fifteen – twenty 5k’s, forty – fifty 10k’s and various races of other distances.
- Football – I play once or twice a week at present. Prior to my injury in 2010 I was playing three – four times a week and in 2010 I was part of a team that won our local league. I have not played competitively since my major injury, and unless I received an unexpected offer or plea from a friend I would consider that my competitive football days are likely over.
- Golf – I play golf at the Old Course Ranfurly Golf Club in Bridge of Weir. Currently with a hadicap of twelve. I have been substantially lower, and as a junior player represented my club for three years until the age of 18 in league matches, but with lack of time to practice consistently, the handicap has crept up over the past 15 years. On my day, I can still muster a good score, and I have a personal best round of two under par (two birdies with the rest pars – no dropped shots) from Inchmarlo (near Aberdeen) set as recently as July 2011 on a particularly lucky / good round.
- Tennis – I used to play to intermediate level at the David Lloyd club in Renfrew.
- Motor Racing – Not competing! Just watching. I’ve been a Fan of F1 for more than 25 years and follow the sport in depth. I also watch pretty much every race in a select number of series including Indycar, DTM, Trophee Andros, GP2 and F3. To a slightly lesser degree I do watch races in the BTCC and WTCC. I used to drive a sports car but have upgraded to a slightly more boring Renault Scenic… much more practical with a family…