Mark Telford is Principal Teaching Fellow in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice within Southampton Law School at the University of Southampton. His current research interests focus mainly on exploring the challenges to contemporary criminal law theory and doctrine in its application to children and young people. Between 2016 and 2022 he served as the Law School's Director of Education / Deputy Head of School (Education). In academic year 2022-23 he is leading a curriculum review of the Law School's undergraduate programmes.
- Criminal Law
- Youth Justice
- Legal Education
His current research involves analysis of criminal law theory and doctine through a child-focused analytical lens.
Current PhD Students
Mark currently co-ordinates the year 1 LLB core module in Criminal Law (with Professor David Gurnham) and an optional module in Youth Justice.
Mark has been awarded prizes for teaching excellence by the University of Southampton (as part of its Vice Chancellor's Awards scheme), by the University of Southampton Student Union (SUSU) - who made him an honorary member in recognition - and nationally, as part of the Southampton Research in Assessment Practices group, which was awarded a Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence in 2018.
Mark is Principal Teaching Fellow in Criminal Law and Criminal Justice. He has an LLB (Honours) degree from the University of Aberdeen and an MSc in Criminology and Criminal Justice (with distinction) from the University of Edinburgh. Before his appointment to his present position in Southampton he spent some time as a researcher for the Procurator Fiscal in Aberdeen; worked (with Professor Neil Walker) on a project for the Northern Ireland Criminal Justice Review on post-devolution constitutional models of criminal justice; and (with Professor Andrew Rutherford) on a project examining the influences on New Labour's criminal justice policy.
His current interests are predominantly in exploring the challenges to contemporary criminal law theory and doctrine in its application to children and young people.
He served as the Law School's Director of Education / Deputy Head of School (Education) between 2016 and 2022 and in this period developed a research interest in legal education and was a participant in a HEFCE funded project evaluating assessment and feedback for law students.
- Advance HE Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence (2018)