Academic Support Network Day: Tuesday 4th December


The Academic Support Network Day

We will be hosting the first face-to-face meeting of the Academic Support Network on Tuesday 4th December at the College of Policing site in Ryton.

The aim of this event is to provide:

  1. a first opportunity for face to face contact and networking to take place between Academic Support Network members
  2. ideas and encouragement to members to carry out study (from getting started to keeping going and completing), based on the experiences and achievements of members of the Network
  3. insights and sources of support on a number of topics selected by members of the Network (including research methods, ethics, research into practice and bursaries and grants)

A draft programme is provided below and will be regularly updated until finalised.  The event booking form can be downloaded here.  There is no charge to attend, but you will need to cover your own travel expenses.  Please note that you must be a College member in order to apply for a place. You must also join the Academic Support Network on POLKA  (you must be logged into POLKA for this link to work). 


​College of Policing, Ryton ​ ​
​09:30 -10:00​Registration ​
​10:00 - 10:30​Learning to improve Policing
Rachel Tuffin, Director, College of Policing ​
​10:30 - 11:00​Getting started:  A personal perspective ​
Sergeant Lorna Dennison-Wilkins, Sussex Police
​11:00 - 11:30Coffee break and networking​ ​
​11:30 - 12:00Keeping going:  A personal perspective ​
Inspector Gareth Stubbs, Lancashire Constabulary
​12:00 - 12:30Completing:  A personal and an academic perspective
Dr Emma Williams , Canterbury Christ Church University​
​12:30 - 13:00Getting started, keeping going or completing?: Where are you exercise? ​
​13:00 - 14:00​Lunch, stands and networking ​
​14:00 - 14:30

​Lightening Talks:  Find out more about

  • College Research Resources
  • National Police Library
  • Membership
14:30 - 15:30​ ​ ​

​Co-facilitated seminars (choose one of the following)

  • Research into practice
  • Research ethics
  • Research methodology
  • Bursary / grant applications
​15:30 - 15:40​Member ideas for the Academic Support Network ​
​15:40 - 16:00Academic study: A personal story about research and practice
Dr Steven Chase, Director of People, Thames Valley Police

Please forward this information to officers and staff carrying out academic study.  You can use the social media sharing options at the top of the page. 

What is the Academic Support Network?

The Academic Support Network was launched in September 2016 as a POLKA community.  The aim behind the Network was to create a peer-support system for police officers and staff who were undertaking academic study and who needed advice and support from a wellbeing point of view. This community encourages the exchange of ideas and experiences between members, fostering a sense of belonging and combatting the isolation that can sometimes go hand in hand with academic study. Here you can raise the specific issues that come with balancing study and a life in policing such as fitting in study sessions with shifts, managing work commitments and senior manager support.
The Academic Support Network now has 500 members from over 40 different organisations and has an active discussion section with a real variety of topics.  

Don't forget, if you are undertaking a piece of research at Masters' level or above on a subject related to policing or crime reduction, you can submit a summary to our Research Map by using the online submission form.  Take a look at the most recent submissions to the Map on the New project page.

If you have any questions about the Academic Support Network, please send them to

​You might also be interested in ......... ​
Policing and Crime Reduction Research Map​Share a summary of your ongoing research online and read about other projects being undertaken on the subject of policing and crime reduction 
Crime Reduction Toolkit​Using the best available evidence, over 60 different crime reduction interventions are rated and ranked according to their effectiveness at reducing crime.
Research surgeries​College researchers provide bespoke advice and guidance on any research issue faced by an individual or a force.
​'How to' guides​Includes guidance on devising and carrying out a survey, holding focus groups and our Logic Model.
EBP resources leaflet​A helpful 2-page leaflet detailing tools and resources which facilitate the implementation of evidence-based policing.


 Academic Support Network Day

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