West Lothian College held its first online criminology conference recently with guest speakers from across the justice sector.

By taking part in the conference, 86 students learned more about the criminal justice system and the how it makes a difference to individuals and communities across Scotland.

Through a combination of speakers and interactive workshops, students, staff and guests were able to take their learning about how the justice system really works to the next level.

Lecturer Kenny McKay said: "It was great to see so many students learning about the varied aspects of the criminal justice system directly from the professionals who are out there working to make Scotland a fairer and safer place to live.

“Hearing about the drive to bring trauma informed, inclusive practice to the justice system was truly inspiring and will benefit the students both in their studies and in considering their future careers. A huge thank you to all the speakers who gave up their time to take part."

Guest speakers included Iain Smith, criminal defence solicitor and founding partner of Keegan Smith Defence Solicitors, Simon Ashpool from Community Justice Scotland, Aidan Martin, local author and former West Lothian College student, Pete White, trustee at Aid and Abet, and Lorna McPhee, Sheriff Clerk, Livingston Sheriff & Justice of the Peace Court.

Workshops were delivered by the Venture Trust, SOLD, Police Scotland and many more.