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Policing apprenticeships and degree holder entry: delivering the vision?

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Sunday, December 08, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

PhD scholarship in the Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science
Stoke Campus
Full time fixed term 48 month contract
Ref: LPF19-13

"By 2025 policing will be a profession with a more representative workforce that will align the right skills, powers and experience to meet challenging requirements" (National Police Chiefs Council, 2016) In order to achieve this vision, the College of Policing and police services in England and Wales have embarked on delivering a new, professional framework for the training of police officers and staff; the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (College of Policing, 2017).

With police services within England and Wales entering the implementation and delivery stage of this new framework, this research seeks to evaluate the products being delivered within police services and investigate what is meeting or exceeding expectations, and where the impact may be falling short of the vision to diversify, professionalise and standardise the police service. The research will highlight areas of best practice as well as making recommendations for improvements where required which will provide potential to impact on policing across England and Wales by sharing learning in order to develop future implementation of the PEQF qualifications. The research will utilise a mixed methods approach incorporating both qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis throughout the project.

Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science

This is one of Staffordshire University's fully funded PhD scholarships in the Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science, to commence January 2020. The successful candidates will receive an annual stipend of £15,009 for four years with PhD tuition fees waived. You will be expected to contribute up to 300 hours of teaching or teaching related activities per academic year in the Department of Criminal justice and Forensic Science.

In the Department of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science at Staffordshire University, we offer exciting and challenging undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Criminology, Policing and Forensic Science in addition to hosting an established and growing postgraduate research community.

As part of plans to expand the already successful Policing research portfolio, we are looking for inspiring, enthusiastic graduates who are committed to providing a high-quality student experience in their teaching on our undergraduate courses and engaging in a 3-year doctoral programme of study (with a stipend for four years). You will already hold, or be near completion of, a Masters’ qualification in a subject related to Policing, such as for example Criminology, Criminal Justice or similar.

The scholarship provides a career development pathway in teaching and research for new graduates. The programme is available to those who do not currently hold, or are currently studying for, a PhD qualification. The successful applicants will have the opportunity to complete a teaching qualification during their scholarship.

How to apply

Please submit your application online at by the deadline, with the following documents.

1. Your CV

2. A PhD research proposal based on one of the project descriptions above (not both). Your proposal should not exceed 2 pages

3. Covering letter to say why you want this position, to describe any teaching experience you may have, and to detail any academic and non-academic experience we should consider.

Closing date for completed applications: 8th December 2019.

Interview date: Monday 6th January 2020.

At the University we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background. We particularly welcome applications from Women and Black and Asian Minority Ethnic candidates as they are under-represented within the University at a senior level.

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