The College bursary scheme is closed for applications until next year.
2016, the College has run a bursary scheme to support police officers and staff
undertaking higher education academic study. The scheme promotes a policing
culture which values continuing learning, and where our members are equipped
with the appropriate skills and knowledge to make decisions based on the best
available evidence. We hope to run a similar scheme in 2020 subject to funding.
We cannot confirm the timings of any future scheme or guarantee at this early
stage that the eligibility criteria will remain the same in future years. We
will announce further details next Spring.Under
previous schemes, subject to meeting eligibility criteria, police officers and
staff in forces in England and Wales have been able to apply for grants to
contribute to the cost of tuition fees, for up to two years of study. The
scheme supports study at undergraduate and postgraduate level at an academic
institution in the UK. The study programme must include a research component,
for example, a module on social research methods, and applicants need to
explain how their selected programme of study is relevant to their current role
or future professional development.
Just under 150 police
officers and staff from 36 forces have been offered bursary funding across the
three schemes run to date (2016, 2017 and 2018). Qualifications being
undertaken include both undergraduate and postgraduate level across a range of
disciplines including policing, criminology, cyber-security, leadership and
psychology. Recipients are undertaking courses at approximately 45 higher
education institutions. Six out of ten of those awarded funding were
constables and sergeants and just under a quarter were police staff.
This is the first experience of higher education study for around a third of all
those supported.You can refer to the Frequently Asked Questions from the 2019 scheme to give you a better idea re eligibility criteria and the application process. Please note however that these are subject to change and you should check details of any future scheme once these are released.If you have any questions about the scheme or need further information, you can contact us at email@example.com.See what several recipients from previous bursary schemes have to say by reading their case studies.
Detective Constable Holly Bluck, West Midlands PoliceBSc in Forensic Psychology, Open UniversityHolly has worked for West Midlands Police for
over 10 years and had been out of education since taking her GCSEs. Holly
received a College bursary in 2018 and also received an award from the Honourable Society of Knights of the Round
Table. Read more here.
Acting Inspector Yakub Ismail, Leicestershire PoliceMSc in Police Leadership, Strategy and Organisation, University of DerbyYakub started his MSc in 2017 having served with Leicestershire Police for over 20 years. Yakub received a College bursary in 2018. His advice to potential applicants is to think about how research can contribute to your area of work and bring benefits back into policing. Read more here.
Detective Constable Paul Cawsey, Greater Manchester PoliceBA in Policing, Liverpool
John Moores UniversityPaul used the College
of Policing’s Recognition of Prior Experience and Learning process to turn the
skills and knowledge he had gained during his 10-year policing career into
academic credits. Read more here.
You can find links to additional case studies of previous bursary recipients at the top right of this page.We would like to hear from organisations who may be interested in part funding bursaries for police officers and staff in future years. If you are interested in discussing this and finding out what the potential benefits could be for your organisation please do contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.