26.10.20: We have today notified staff, parents and students of a confirmed case of Covid-19 at St Brendan’s. Student and staff safety is of paramount importance to us. We have stringently followed government guidelines and are working closely with the Public Health Team and the college will be open after our October half term break.

Dr Clare Farmer (Lecturer in Criminology)

Attended St Brendan's 1986 - 1988

Subjects Studied: History, Geography, Maths 

After graduating from St Brendan’s I went on to gain Honours and Master’s degrees in Modern History at Corpus Christi College, University of Oxford. I met my now husband at Oxford. After completing our degrees we lived in London and then Cheshire, where we started our family. I worked for a Management Consultancy firm and then set up my own consultancy business. 

I spent nearly a decade as a Lay Magistrate in Cheshire, sitting in both adult and youth courts. This experience heightened my deep interest in criminal justice and criminal behaviour, and I undertook as Master’s Degree in Criminological Psychology. After emigrating to Australia with my family, I began a criminal justice focused doctoral degree. I am now Dr Clare Farmer and work as a Lecturer in Criminology at Deakin University. 

It is thirty years since I started at St Brendan's. In another ten years I imagine I will be a grandmother and hope to still be living by the ocean in Australia. My advice to any student is to live life to the full. Do not expect anything to be done for you. Always be determined, resilient, compassionate, mindful of the law (!) and follow your dreams. Best of luck!

Clare Farmers' new home

Clare Farmers' new home