A scheme that gives police officers and staff across England and Wales financial support towards higher education is reopening today for its third year of applications.
Over the course of the last two College Bursary schemes (2016 and 2017) funding was awarded to over 100 officers – three quarters of which were constables, sergeants or police staff. For many it led to their first experience of higher education study.
The officers and staff are studying across approximately 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.
Conditions of applying include:
This years application process is expected to be very competitive for around 20 to 30 awards. Officers and staff have until Monday, 23 April 2018 to submit their applications.
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."
Sergeant John Hodgson from Northumbria Police, who was one of the Bursary recipients in 2017, said:
"I had a desire to enrol on the Leadership and Management MSc at Northumbria University for a number of years, but had been prevented from doing so due to the financial commitment. I was delighted to find out that I had been successful in applying for the College of Policing Bursary which allowed me to overcome this hurdle.
"I found the application process to be really useful as it allowed me to undertake some self-reflection and consider the benefits that further study would bring to myself and my organisation.
"Having just completed the first module, 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."
Further details of the Bursary Scheme, and the application process can be found on the Members website (requires membership login).
Sign up as a member of the College of Policing.
Any questions about the Scheme, or for further information, please email BursaryScheme@college.pnn.police.uk