Bursary scheme

Funding to support higher education study.

The 2022 bursary scheme has now closed. We anticipate that applications for the 2023 bursary scheme will open in March 2023.

The College of Policing bursary offers a maximum of £4,000 towards two years of course fees at higher education level. For example, studying for a BSc/BA, Masters or PhD. The course needs to be with a recognised UK academic institution and include a research component.

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Access peer-to-peer support for academic study through the academic support network on Knowledge Hub (you will need to log in).

Bursary recipients 2021

Our bursary scheme has helped towards the academic studies of around 350 police officers and staff since it was introduced in 2016.

In 2021 we received 164 applications and made offers to 79 students, whose studies are now underway.

Subjects being studied include police leadership and management, applied investigations and psychology.

Since 2016, almost eight out of 10 bursaries awarded to police officers went to police constables and sergeants. Almost a quarter of bursaries were awarded to police staff. More than a quarter of bursary recipients had no previous experience of studying at higher education level.

Find out how officers and police staff have benefitted from the bursary.

Maya Alayli-White

Temporary Detective Sergeant Maya Alayli-White was awarded a bursary to study for a BA in Applied Investigations at the University of Sunderland.

After working in the criminal investigation department for a few years, Maya was thinking about development and promotion. She looked into different subjects and contacted the professor at the university she wanted to attend. Maya said, 'he was very encouraging and went through the course content, drawing comparisons from my day-to-day role as a detective.'

She was prepared to pay for the course fees but a colleague suggested she apply for the bursary. Maya said she is excited for the future and the opportunity that the bursary has provided her with.

Alan O'Donoghue

Temporary Detective Inspector Alan O'Donoghue from Cleveland Police received a bursary to study on the Policing Studies programme at Liverpool John Moores.

He found the recognition of prior learning (RPL) calculator a useful tool for finding out how many credits a university might give him for his training and experience.

Alan intends to use the academic support network on Knowledge Hub (you will need to log in) to seek advice and guidance on the challenges of balancing his study commitments with his full time role as an investigator of non-recent homicides.

Vicky Hebborn

Inspector Vicky Hebborn from Norfolk Constabulary is undertaking a professional doctorate examining the uniform selected for public order deployments and how this may impact on the way the officer perceives risk.

My experience as a public order commander has given me lots of ideas for research which has the potential to change the way we make decisions and deploy officers.

Inspector Vicky Hebborn, Norfolk Police

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