Nicola Padfield MA, Dip Crim, DES became Master of Fitzwilliam College in October 2013.
Nicola Padfield is a Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, and has been a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College since 1991. She has held a number of posts in the College including President, Director of Studies and Admissions Tutor.
After her first degree at St Anne's College, Oxford she came to Cambridge (Darwin College) to study for the Diploma in Criminology. Called to the Bar in 1978, she then spent a year at the University of Aix-Marseille and married Christopher (who read Engineering at Fitzwilliam and graduated in 1971). Since they returned to Cambridge nearly 25 years ago, her teaching and research has covered a broad canvas in criminal law, sentencing and criminal justice more generally. She sits as a Recorder (part-time judge) in the Crown Court, is a Bencher of the Middle Temple and served as the University Advocate for several years.
Nicola Padfield’s books include ‘The Criminal Justice Process: Text and Materials’ (4th edition, 2008); ‘Criminal Law’ (8th edition, 2012), and ‘Beyond the Tariff: Human rights and the release of life sentence prisoners’ (2002). She has edited and contributed to a number of more recent collections of essays on parole and early release (which has involved research in a number of European countries).
Whilst maintaining a wide academic lens, her recent research has explored how the law on release from, and recall to, prison works in practice, and how it is perceived by offenders. This under-researched area provides an important contribution to the understanding of how offenders are best supported in their attempts to desist from criminal life-styles, and how the rehabilitation and resettlement of offenders can be better encouraged. She has been active in a number of pan-European research networks and has been editor of the criminal practitioners' monthly ‘Archbold Review’ since 1996.
Nicola and Christopher have three children and are delighted to have recently become grandparents.
Previous Masters and Censors
|Masters of Fitzwilliam College|
|2005 - 2013||Professor Robert Lethbridge|
|1999 - 2005||Professor Brian F. G. Johnson|
|1991 - 1999||Professor Alan Cuthbert|
|1988 - 1990||Professor Gordon Cameron|
|1981 - 1988||Professor Sir James Holt|
|1971 - 1981||Dr Edward Miller|
|1966 - 1971||Dr Walter Wyatt Grave|
|Censors of Fitzwilliam House|
|1959 - 1966||Dr Walter Wyatt Grave|
|1955 - 1959||William Washington Williams|
|1924 - 1954||William Sutherland Thatcher|
|1907 - 1924||William Fiddian Reddaway|
|1890 - 1907||Tristram Frederick Croft Huddleston|
|1881 - 1890||Francis George Howard|
|1869 - 1881||Ralph Benjamin Somerset|