Professor Paul Wiles CB
Paul is visiting Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford and Fellow of Wolfson College Oxford. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Sheffield. He previously held academic positions at the London School of Economics, the University of Cambridge and Sheffield University.
From 1999-2010 Paul was Chief Scientific Advisor to the Home Office with responsibility for all science (physical and social), analysis and the production of National Statistics carried out in the Home Office group to support policy development and delivery. This covered the main Home Office business areas of policing, crime and drugs, counter terrorism, migration and border security, identity management, the licensing and inspection of the use of animals in scientific procedures and the regulation of the quality of forensic evidence. Prior to the machinery of government changes it also included prisons, probation, criminal justice, community policy, volunteering and the fire service. For the latter part of that period Paul was also the Government Chief Social Scientist responsible for research and professional standards across the governments of the UK.
Since leaving the Home Office Paul has been acting as analytic advisor to the Sentencing Council. He is also a Local Government Boundary Commissioner for England and a trustee and Board member of the National Centre for Social Research. He has also taken part in a review of science in Defra, helped the Higher Education Funding Council for England develop the new research funding mechanism for universities and helped train senior police officers at the Indian National Police Academy.
Paul was made a Companion of the Order of the Bath for his work in government. He is also an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society.
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Commissioner, Local Government Boundary Commission for England
Advisor, The Sentencing Council
Deputy Chair, Main panel C, Higher Education Funding for England, Ref Exercise
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Visiting Professor, University of Oxford
Fellow, Wolfson College, Oxford
Honorary Professor, University of Sheffield
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Trustee and Board member, National Centre for Social Research
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