23 September 2019

Bursary scheme provides funding for more than 60 officers and staff

The College bursary scheme, which gives police officers and staff across England and Wales the opportunity to apply for financial support towards their higher education, has this year awarded funding to 64 people.

The scheme, now in its fourth year, has provided funding to over 200 police officers and staff.

This year's recipients are from 31 different forces, with two-thirds going to police constables or sergeants, and nearly a quarter to members of police staff.
The bursary scheme is open to police officers and staff across England and Wales who can apply for up to £2,000 per year towards their tuition fees, covering up to two years of study.

Nearly a third of bursary recipients this year did not have an existing degree level qualification and many had not undertaken any academic study for several years.

One officer to benefit from the bursary scheme this year was Temporary Police Sergeant Richard Jones, who successfully applied to cover his fees for a two year Bachelor’s degree in Policing at Canterbury Christ Church University.

T/Sgt Jones, a West Mercia Police officer, had completed a foundation degree during his initial training which reduced his new academic programme from three years to two. Often courses are tailored to meet the needs of in-service officers and staff, including face to face and online learning. He selected the course at Canterbury Christ Church because he wanted to have face-to-face interaction with staff and fellow students and is looking forward to his first weekend school this month.

He said: “I have always wanted to study at higher education level but had dismissed it as being something for the younger generation.  It is over twenty years since I did exams and I am looking forward to working with like-minded colleagues at university to develop my knowledge, support my role and benefit my force." 

You can find out more about some of the successful applicants from this year’s scheme by visiting College What Works.
Over a third of the 2019 applicants expressed an interest in exploring whether they could use
Recognition of Prior Experience and Learning (RPL) and the College's Credit Estimator to identify how many credits they may hold in terms of their prior experience and learning to help them achieve a recognised qualification. 

Using RPL might reduce the period of study for an applicant (and therefore the fees), or could provide access to a higher level qualification in light of existing experience and learning. 

You can find information about the College bursary scheme online.

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