Dr Gray teaches at undergraduate and master’s level and supervises a number of PhD students.
At level 5 Drew runs HIS2010 Crime, Policing and Punishment in England, 1700-1900 which explores a number of themes in the history of crime such as the evolution of policing, the use of the law, changing punishment policies, violence and homicide and the effect of gender and youth on the criminal justice system. The module is designated for history, law and criminology students and leads many of them to then take his level 6 module, Crime and Popular Culture in the Late Victorian City which explores several issues surrounding the Whitechapel (or ‘Jack the Ripper’) murders of 1888, including crime, poverty, immigration, the rise of the popular press and the mythology surrounding the ‘Ripper’. At masters level students can continue to develop their interest in crime and violence via Drew’s module HISM046, Violence and the Law in England.
Within the History department work has been undertaken to develop the Personal Tutor (PT) scheme over the past three years using Year Tutors which includes a combination of data analysis and staff/student interaction. This has improved the student experience of the PT system at their subject level. Drew has worked with Anna Swales and Kate Coulson to investigate the operation of the PAT scheme (as part of the “First Year Experience” and “Enhancing Student Success” projects) across the institution and to draw up proposals for a new scheme for possible implementation in 2018.