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UCL Jill Dando Institute

UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science
Established 2001
Director Professor Richard Wortley
Location London, United Kingdom
Website UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

The UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science (informally the Jill Dando Institute or the JDI) is an institute of crime science located in London, United Kingdom and a part of University College London (UCL). It was founded in 2001, becoming the first university institute in the world devoted specifically to crime science.[1]

The Institute's current Director is Professor Richard Wortley.[2]


  • History 1
  • Research 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The Jill Dando memorial garden in Weston-super-Mare

In April 1999 the broadcaster Jill Dando was murdered outside her home in west London.[3] Her colleague Nick Ross proposed a memorial to her in the form of a new university institution in her name.[3] Ross had already conceived of crime science as a new discipline which distinguished itself from criminology by focusing on crime prevention, scientific methodology and multidisciplinary approach. He and Dando's fiancé, Alan Farthing, established the Jill Dando Fund with the help of the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens, The Countess of Wessex, and her family and friends.[3]

On 15 March 2000 the Jill Dando Fund was launched in London at Claridge's hotel, followed by the launch of the Jill Dando Fund Appeal on 12 September 2000. The appeal raised £1.5 million and UCL was selected to host the Jill Dando Institute of Crime Science.[3] Professor Gloria Laycock, OBE was appointed as the first Director of the Institute in January 2001.[1] The Institute was opened on 26 April 2001, the second anniversary of Jill Dando's murder, when Prof Laycock gave her inaugural speech as Director.[4][5]

In May 2004 the Institute established new scholarships for its MSc in crime science.[6] In 2005 a Security and Crime Science Centre was established at the Institute to work with industry partners in creating new approaches to counter terrorism. In the same year the International Crime Science Network was established.[7] The Institute published research in May 2006 which showed that the UK and France are perceived to have the worst problems with anti-social behaviour in Europe.[8][9] The Centre for Security and Crime Science opened in October 2006.[10]

In 2009 UCL established the Department of Security and Crime Science as a separate entity from the Institute in order to enable the offering of post-graduate taught and research courses in security and crime science.[11] The Institute continued as a cross-departmental research institute in security and crime science.[11] In September 2009 the Home Office was criticised after it drew up timescales for how long DNA samples should be retained based on research by the Institute that had not yet been finished.[12][13]


The main portico of University College London

The Institute was awarded over £3 million in research and consultancy funding between 2001 and 2007.[14] The Institute has collaborations with psychologists, geographers, economists, physicists, chemists, computer scientists, and biologists as well as designers and town planners.

Research at the Institute primarily takes place within the following groupings:[14]

  • Crime Mapping Centre
  • Designing Out Crime Group
  • Crime Policy and Evaluation Group

See also


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External links

  • UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science

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