The clocks have changed, the nights are drawing in, and the mercury is falling. Winter is coming fast.
As we move into those long lonely nights, I am warmed by some of the new ways that SCCJR have developed to work remotely. Our annual lecture yesterday took place online, meaning friends and colleagues near and far were able to join together under our virtual roof. The SCCJR seminar series, on Friday lunchtimes, offers a friendly social space for creative and critical thinking. And our new podcast series, Just Humans, is designed to bring our work straight into your ears, exploring ideas of darkness and light, connectedness and hope.
There are other rays of light to be found amid the gloom. I’m delighted to welcome Dr Gemma Flynn to the SCCJR team. Gemma will be working with SCCJR colleagues to develop new learning resources for both schools and universities that assist in navigating the virtual learning world (if you have any ideas, she would love to hear from you). And we have plans afoot for a new round of development grants, and webinars, in the new year.
In the meantime, I hope everyone is staying safe and well.
Director of the Scottish Centre for Crime and Justice Research