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UCL Jill Dando Institute

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UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science
DirectorRichard Wortley
WebsiteUCL 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 Richard Wortley.[2]


The Jill Dando memorial garden in Weston-super-Mare
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 and co-presenter of the BBC One programme Crimewatch, Nick Ross proposed a memorial to her in the form of a new university institution in her name, for which he was awarded an OBE in 2021.[4][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.[5][6] 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] 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.[7][8]


The main portico of University College London
The main portico of University College London

In May 2004 the institute established new scholarships for its MSc in crime science.[9] 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.[10] 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.[11][12] The Centre for Security and Crime Science opened in October 2006.[13]

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.[14] The institute continued as a cross-departmental research institute in security and crime science.[14] 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.[15][16]

See also


  1. ^ a b "Director of Jill Dando Institute appointed". Times Higher Education. 5 January 2001. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  2. ^ "Academic Staff". UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  3. ^ a b c d "Jill Dando Fund". UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  4. ^ Green, Alex (11 June 2021). "Ex-Crimewatch presenter Nick Ross dedicates CBE to Jill Dando Institute". The Belfast Telegraph. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  5. ^ Laycock, Gloria (14 April 2019). "We can fulfil Jill Dando's legacy by ensuring crime science keeps up with the pace of change". The Times. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  6. ^ Smith, Martha Jane; Cornish, Derek Blaikie (2006). Secure and Tranquil Travel: Preventing Crime and Disorder on Public Transport. Routledge. p. xi. ISBN 978-0-9545607-4-4. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  7. ^ "In the news: Gloria Laycock". Times Higher Education. 27 April 2001. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  8. ^ Cunningham, John (10 January 2001). "The appliance of science to crime control". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  9. ^ McCann, Grace (20 May 2004). "Postgraduate: crime science; distance learning; canine stress; urban foxes". London: The Independent on Sunday. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  10. ^ "Frequently asked questions". UCL Centre for Security and Crime Science. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  11. ^ "Bad behaviour 'worst in Europe'". BBC News. 8 May 2006. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  12. ^ "U.K. Has Worst Anti-Social Behavior Problem in Europe". Bloomberg. 9 May 2006. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  13. ^ Morelle, Rebecca (12 October 2006). "Air passengers 'could be tagged'". BBC News. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  14. ^ a b "About Us". UCL Jill Dando Institute of Security and Crime Science. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  15. ^ Whitehead, Tom (25 September 2009). "Incomplete research sparks fresh DNA row". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 31 October 2010.
  16. ^ "DNA storage proposal 'incomplete'". BBC News. 25 September 2009. Retrieved 31 October 2010.

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