LAW students teamed up with Art & Design students in Dundee at a special event on 16th March to respond to the challenge of thinking of new ways that criminal justice could work to better the needs of communities in the city.
Begins a spokesperson: “Like many modern cities, Dundee devotes a lot of resources to its criminal justice system, and has issues with repeat offending, pockets of infrastructure that contribute to crime rates and frustrations with the system.”
The Designs on Justice event was organised by Dundee Touchpoint and brought together students and staff from the University of Dundee, experts from the Scottish Institute for Enterprise, community representatives, policy makers and interested parties from across the criminal justice landscape.
The workshop explored how design thinking could lead to innovation in criminal justice and focused on issues which included; building a sense of community, access to opportunities, services and resources, and community health and resources.
Professor Mike Press, chair of Design Police at the University’s Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design and co-ordinator for Dundee Touchpoint, explained: “Design thinking is already having a transformative effect across areas like healthcare and other public services.
“Criminal justice is an area that is ripe for a serious rethink of how we approach it, and as the UK’s only UNESCO City of Design, it’s appropriate that Dundee takes the lead on this initiative.”
Elizabeth Comerford, director of the Diploma in Professional Legal Practice in the School of Law at the University of Dundee, said: “This was a great way for students and staff in the Law school to take a different look at the entire landscape of criminal justice.”
Outcomes from the workshop will be exhibited at the Dundee International Design Festival in May 2016.
Notes to editors:
1. Dundee Touchpoint is a network of people interested in service design who want to build a community in the city and region. It includes design professionals, students, new startups, public service workers, corporate people, academics, social activists and interested citizens.
2. The Scottish Institute for Enterprise (SIE) is the national organisation for the promotion and support of enterprise and entrepreneurship in Scotland’s students. SIE works with universities and colleges to champion enterprise education and help their students start new innovative businesses. SIE provides free one-to-one advice, enterprise workshops and business competitions supported by a national team of student interns and business advisors. SIE’s services are open to all students and graduates in Scotland, up to two years after graduation. SIE is supported by the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise and is part of the Scotland CAN DO framework.
In the last academic year, over 6,000 students took part in enterprise workshops run by SIE in Scotland’s colleges and universities.
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