Mary Iliadis – Monash HDR student, Criminology

Name: Dr Mary Iliadis
Discipline: Criminology
Supervisors: Dr Asher Flynn and Professor Jude McCulloch
Thesis title: Adversarial justice: a triangulation of interests? Reconceptualising the role of sexual assault victims
Year completed: 2017

Why did you choose Criminology at Monash University for your studies?

I chose to undertake a PhD in Criminology at Monash University due to my strong passion and commitment to criminology as a discipline. A part of Australia’s group of eight, Monash University provides a high level of support for its HDR students at a discipline, school and university level. The Criminology program has a diverse cohort of scholarly experts teaching the program across a range of areas. As such, I was reassured in my decision to pursue a PhD at Monash University given their stellar reputation for world-leading research.

My PhD supervisors, in particular, exceeded the expectations of quality supervision by way of providing expert, candid and timely advice. I was also impressed at the range of industry connections Monash University have with key stakeholders in the field. This provided me with opportunities to present my research findings to national and international stakeholders in the fields of crime and justice. It also led to my research gaining traction in government circles, such as within the Victorian Law Reform Commission’s latest report on The Role of Victims of Crime in the Criminal Trial, thus demonstrating a high level of impact at a very early stage in my career.

What were the highlights of your candidature?

Monash University provided me with many unique opportunities for which I am forever grateful. For example, following the completion of my honours year, for which I received the Monash University School of Social Sciences Prize for the best honours thesis in 2013, I was awarded with an Australian Postgraduate Scholarship Award. As part of my PhD fieldwork, I was also funded to travel to England and Ireland to conduct interviews with high-level criminal justice professionals. On a separate occasion, I was funded to travel to England to present my findings at the British Society of Criminology conference in 2015.

I also presented at a range of national conferences, for example, the annual Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology conference and the Critical Criminology conference. In 2016, I was selected to attend the Prato writing/publishing workshop at Monash University’s campus in Prato. This included a generous bursary. Upon submitting my PhD in October 2017, I was a recipient of a Postgraduate Publication Scholarship Award.

My PhD candidate also provided me with the opportunity to teach, administer and co-ordinate large, medium and small sized subjects across first, second and third year undergraduate units. My commitment to excellence in teaching was recognised by the letter of commendation I received from Monash University’s Vice-Provost (Teaching and Learning), stating that my unit (Victims, Justice and the Law) was ranked in the top 8.91% of all units offered at Monash University in semester 1, 2016. In semester 2, 2017, I was also awarded with The Faculty of Arts Teaching and Learning Citation Award. In January 2018, I was nominated for Monash University’s Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award.

What is your current area of work?

I am on an ongoing teaching and research contract at Deakin University.

How has your PhD complemented your career pathway?

My PhD journey has opened many pathways, ranging from academic to government positions (and more). It equipped me with a range of transferrable skills, such as the ability to exercise substantial levels of independent thought and leadership. The PhD also provided me with opportunities to work in a team – my co-authored journal article with Dr Asher Flynn in the British Journal of Criminology is evidence of this. Therefore, a PhD not only enhances independent research skills, but it also plays a role in shaping interpersonal skills, which is crucial for many different career pathways.

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