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Prof Stephen Shute

Post:Pro Vice Chancellor (Planning and Resources) (Vice-Chancellor's Office, School of Law, Politics and Sociology)
Other posts:Pro Vice Chancellor (Vice-Chancellor's Office)
Location:SUSSEX HOUSE SH-323/24

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 873815
International:+44 1273 873815

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Professor Stephen Shute became Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Planning and Resources at the University of Sussex in October 2014. He has strategic responsibility for resources, planning, innovation, and sustainability at the University. He is also academic lead for HR issues and for equality and diversity. Prior to taking up this role, Professor Shute was Head of the School of Law, Politics and Sociology, having been appointed to that post in October 2009. Between March and September 2014 he served as Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Social Sciences. Before moving to Sussex, Professor Shute spent 15 years at the University of Birmingham where he served as Deputy Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Arts and Social Sciences and was part of the Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Management Team. At Birmingham he chaired several senior University committees, including the Academic Policy and Regulations Committee, the Programme Approval and Review Committee, and the University’s Redundancy Committee He was also Director of the University’s Institute of Judicial Administration. Before moving to Birmingham, Professor Shute was a Fellow in Law at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Professor Shute's academic work, which focuses on criminal law and criminal justice, has been referred to in many scholarly books and articles. His research on high-risk offenders and parole (carried out jointly with Roger Hood) was influential in the debates in the House of Lords on the Crime (Sentences) Act 1997; his research on parole decision-making (also with Roger Hood) formed the focus for the Government's 2001 Comprehensive Review of Parole as well as influencing the Select Committee on Public Accounts and changing the way the Parole Board approached information gathering and risk assessment. His research on unduly lenient sentences prompted the Lord Chief Justice, in January 2000, to revise the practice directions that govern the allocation of cases in the Crown Court. His research on satellite tracking of high-risk offenders has been influential in the development of Home Office policy and his research on inspection has influenced criminal justice inspection practice. He has given numerous lectures and seminars at universities and international conferences in the United Kingdom and across the world.

Professor Shute has worked with and on many national decision-making bodies and held a number of senior roles following appointment by Ministers. In 2011 he was appointed by the National Statistician and the Home Secretary to act as Founding Chair of the Crime Statistics Advisory Committee and continued in that role until 2015. He is now a Non-Executive Member of the National Statistician’s Crime Statistics Advisory Committee. Between 2007 and 2011 he was a founding Member of a Ministerial Advisory Board which was established by the Home Secretary, the Minister of Justice, and the Attorney General to advise them and the five criminal justice Chief Inspectors on joint inspection in the criminal justice system. Between 2008 and 2013 (following appointment by the Attorney General and the Chief Inspector) he served as an Inaugural Non-Executive Member of the Management Board of HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (see Annual Report 2008-2009, p.21). In 2009 he was appointed by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice and the Ministers of State at the other two sponsoring Departments, the Home Office and the Department of Health, to serve as a Founding Member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody. He continued in that role until 2014. (For the official press release go to Press Release.) He is also a Member of the Police Recorded Crime Re-designation Project Strategic Board, a Member of the Advisory Board for HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, a Member of the Advisory Board for HM Inspectorate of Probation, and an Independent Member of Birmingham City Council’s Standards Committee and a Member of its Independent Remuneration Panel. Between 2003 and 2004 he was Chair of the Home Office's Technical Advisory Group for Section 95 Statistics on Race and the Criminal Justice System.

Professor Shute has worked at a senior level with various Research Councils and Quality Assurance Agencies, both in the United Kingdom and overseas. He has visited Estonia on several occasions at the request of the Estonian Government to chair panels of international experts to accredit Estonian law degree programmes. In 2001, 2008, and 2014 he led international teams to evaluate legal research in Estonia. In 2009, 2012, and 2015 he visited Kosovo to evaluate and accredit universities there. In 2010 he visited the National University of Ireland in Galway as an Institutional Reviewer for the Irish Universities Quality Board. In 2013 he visited Slovenia to accredit the Faculty of Criminal Justice and Security at the University of Maribor and in 2015 he chaired an international accreditation panel for three Moldovan universities

Professor Shute is a Member of the Board of Advisors of the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law and the Editorial Boards of Zeitschrift für Internationale Strafrechtsdogmatik (Journal for International Doctrine in Criminal Law) and Criminal Law and Philosophy. He acted as an external reference partner for the National Audit Office’s studies of parole and inspection and for the Crown Prosecution Service’s Diversity Monitoring Project.In 1997 he held a Fulbright Scholarship and in 1998 he received an award from the British Academy Humanities Research Board under its Research Leave Scheme. In 2004 he was awarded funded Research Leave by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. From 2001 to 2003 he held a Research Fellowship at the Max-Planck Institute, Freiburg, Germany and in 2009 he was awarded a second Research Fellowship at the Max-Planck Institute.

He is an elected Member of the International Penal and Penitentiary Foundation. In 2014 he was appointed as a Member of the Advisory Board of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. He also Chairs the AHRC’s Public Policy Advisory Group and was a Member of the AHRC’s Doctoral Training Review Group. Between 2004 and 2013 he was a Member of the AHRC’s Peer Review College. In 2004-2005 he served as a Member of the AHRC's Law Review Panel. He has also Chaired AHRC Award Panels. In 2013 he was a Member of the AHRC’s Assessment Panel for Block Grant applications. He has been a Member of Economic and Social Research Council’s Peer Review College since 2012. He has appeared frequently on television and on radio to talk about his work. He was a co-founder and organiser of the Oxford Amnesty Lectures. Past research projects have been funded by the Home Office, the Lord Chancellor's Department and the Department of Constitutional Affairs. In 2007 he completed a project on Satellite Tracking funded by the Home Office and Ministry of Justice. (For the some of the press coverage go to The Guardian and the Daily Mail.) Many distinguished practitioners and academics in the field of criminal law and criminal justice have spent time in the United Kingdom working under his general supervision.