01 January 2018

College Bursary 2018 is open for applications

A scheme that gives police officers and staff across England and Wales financial support towards their education is re-opening today for its third year of applications.

The aim of the Scheme is to promote a policing culture which values learning and continuing professional development, contributing to equipping those in policing with the appropriate skills and knowledge to make decisions based on the best available evidence.

Over 100 police officers and staff have been offered Bursary funding across the two years the Scheme has run and for many it led to their first experience of higher education study.  The Bursary recipients are studying across 40 higher education institutions in the UK, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level, in areas including policing, criminology, cyber-security, leadership and psychology.

This year's scheme is open to police officers and staff in forces in England and Wales who are, or sign up to become, free members of the College of Policing. Members can then apply for up to £3,000 per year towards their tuition fees for up to two years of study. We anticipate awarding approximately 25 bursaries this year and expect the application process to be highly competitive.

Rachel Tuffin, Director at the College of Policing, said:

"The Bursary Scheme offers real financial support for officers and staff who want to study and build the evidence base in policing. The scheme is open to everyone irrespective of rank, grade or existing qualifications. The scheme has funded people working towards a degree who have not studied since school, as well as officers and staff working towards PhDs in different areas of policing. We are committed to supporting a policing culture which values ongoing learning and I am delighted to extend this opportunity to members this year." 
Sgt. John Hodgson from Northumbria Police was one of the Bursary recipients in 2017 and has just completed the first module in the Leadership and Management MSc at Northumbria University:
"I have already gained a greater understanding of my own leadership identity and discovered more about my strengths and weaknesses. I am looking forwarded to taking my learning back into the workplace to ultimately benefit my force and those who work around me."

Gill Wall from West Midlands Police received a Bursary towards her PhD at Worcester University.  You can read about her research project entitled "Leaders’ ethical decision-making: The importance of followers and context" on our Research Map.  Gill has some advice for all Bursary applicants:

Officers and staff have until Monday, 23 April 2018 to submit their applications.

Further details of the Bursary Scheme, information on eligibility and the application process can be found on the Members website (requires membership login).

If you are not already a College member, you can sign up here.

Any questions about the scheme, or for further information, please email BursaryScheme@college.pnn.police.uk