A College scheme which gives officers and police staff the chance to apply for financial support to help them complete a range of higher education studies is reopening today (13 June).
The College Policing Bursary Scheme will be awarding between 20 and 30 bursaries – giving officers and staff the chance to apply for up to £3,000 a year towards their undergraduate or postgraduate tuition fees for up to two years of study, a maximum of £6,000 per student.
The College is now accepting applications for this year's scheme, which is open to all officers and staff in police forces in England and Wales. The scheme is due to close on Sunday, 9 July 2017.
College of Policing Director of Knowledge, Research and Education, Rachel Tuffin said: "We are delighted to be able to reopen the bursary scheme for a second year and give our new members the chance to apply for help in funding their studies.
"The scheme proved extremely successful last time and we were very impressed with the applications which were submitted.
"Our members across all areas of policing demonstrated a real appetite to develop the knowledge and skills to help them use the best available evidence to inform their decisions."
She added: "We are really pleased to invest in a policing culture which values learning and I am looking forward to seeing this year's applications."
Last year's scheme saw 26 officers and staff share almost £90,000 in funding towards their studies with most bursaries awarded to police constables and sergeants and seven going to police staff.
A quarter of those who got a bursary last year did not have a graduate level qualification when they applied and four said they had not studied since school.
They are now studying a wide range of subjects including criminology, cyber-security, leadership and psychology; most at postgraduate level and four as undergraduates.
Acting Detective Sergeant Robert Ewin from Cumbria Constabulary received funding to support his PhD at the University of Cumbria exploring criminal justice responses to vulnerable victims and witnesses. He recognises many transferable skills between his study and his work as a police officer:
He said: "In doing research you come across real world problems, and can influence practice with some well-established and tested methods. ……looking beyond [my] organisation, I hope that in seeing how others perform similar tasks, sometimes to achieve a better result, my colleagues will also benefit from my study."
You can find further details about the Bursary Scheme 2017/18 by visiting the bursary page on College Membership site.
If you have any questions about the scheme or need further information, contact BursaryScheme@college.pnn.police.uk.
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