26 November 2018

Study is underway for 2018’s successful bursary applicants

Following the award of College of Policing bursaries to this year’s successful applicants, over 150 officers and staff have now been offered funding to support their academic study.


Under this year's scheme, funding has been awarded to 53 applicants across 24 forces to support them in undergraduate and postgraduate higher education.

The bursary scheme is open to members of the College of Policing from Home Office forces who can apply for up to £3,000 per year towards their tuition fees, covering up to two years of study. The course must include a research component thereby contributing to the development of skills and knowledge around evidence-based policing.

Courses covering criminology, policing, criminal justice and investigation are being undertaken by the majority of recipients, with others studying specific topics such as cybercrime, security, terrorism, fraud, leadership and vulnerability.

Sixty-eight percent of those receiving a bursary this year are police constables or sergeants, and just under a quarter of the awards are supporting members of police staff.

Similar to last year, for many successful applicants it will be their first experience of higher education study, with one in four recipients not holding a degree level qualification at the point of application. 

Nerys Thomas, Head of Knowledge, Research and Practice at the College of Policing, said:

"We are delighted with the continuing response to the College Bursary Scheme and for a third year were really impressed with the quality of applications received.

This year, we have again had a broad spectrum of applicants and successful recipients spanning all ranks and roles, and for the first time we have recipients who have used the College's Credit Estimator to help identify how many credits they may already hold in relation to prior experience and learning to help them achieve a recognised academic qualification.

We are committed to supporting a policing culture which values learning and continuing professional development, and look forward to supporting more officers and staff to undertake higher educational study in future years of the Bursary."

One of the successful 2018 recipients, Detective Constable Holly Bluck from West Midlands Police who is studying part-time for a BSc in Forensic Psychology, told how the College bursary scheme, has helped her.

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Holly said: "In short, receiving a bursary has financially assisted me in achieving a dream and once realised, I cannot say where my future will take me. And that is very exciting.

I believe academic study has helped me to foster skills which allow me to produce professional and structured documents, to think critically and analytically about a range of relevant policing materials and consider outcomes on a far more strategic level than I had previously thought of." 


Another of the 2018 recipients, Acting Inspector Yakub Ismail from Leicestershire Police who is studying an MSc in Leadership, Strategy and Organisation at the University of Derbyshire, shared his experience of how his course is benefitting his work.

​Yakub said: "So far the course has been both challenging and rewarding.  As a result of the course I have found professionally my ability to conduct research and critically analyse literature now has an educated methodology to support me."

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If you have any questions about the College bursary scheme please visit the What Works website.

For any further information, please contact the College Bursary Team at BursaryScheme@college.pnn.police.uk .

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For further information on Recognition of Prior Experience and Learning visit the College Professional Development pages.