WCCSJ is a major initiative funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales which brings together academics from eight Welsh universities to encourage inter-institutional collaboration to generate high quality, theoretically informed, policy-relevant research on crime and social justice in Wales and beyond. It also seeks to add value to policy-making and practice by fostering regular communication and debate between academics and members of governmental, public, private and third sector organisations. This includes organising conferences, workshops, training and other events. Open discussion forums will also soon be available on this site.
The WCCSJ welcomes as associate members individual staff from public, private or third sector agencies who have an interest in research or evidence-based policy. It also welcomes staff and students in relevant disciplines from universities both outside and inside the core consortium universities.
From its administrative hub in Aberystwyth this close collaboration between the Universities in Aberystwyth, Bangor, Cardiff, Cardiff Metropolitan (UWIC), Glamorgan, Glyndŵr, Newport and Swansea is designed to achieve and sustain a landscape change in the structure, quality and scale of crime and justice-related research emanating from Wales.