‘A warm welcome? Unaccompanied Migrant Children in Networks of Care and Asylum’

‘The Unaccompanied Migrant Children’ pilot project that CPRL supported in 2017 has produced a final report.   The project sought to gather the views of a range of professionals (healthcare, social work, police, border agencies) about the care of unaccompanied minors.  The report may be accessed hereThe findings have led to an ESRC application to fund a larger study- we will advertise the outcome of this bid when more new

New opportunity to join the team as a Project Manager

Are you interested in joining this innovative Centre, working closely with external policing partners across the UK? Do you want to support academics in a varied and pioneering programme of research, learning and knowledge exchange? 

We are seeking to appoint an experienced Project Manager who will work with the Centre Manager and Director of Police Learning Transformation Programme on a high profile programme of work to transform police learning and development in a national project involving all 43 police forces in England and Wales.

Come and join our research team as a Research Fellow

We wish to appoint a Research Fellow to work on the Police Learning Transformation project, which is a major research and organization development project in the programme of work in The Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL).  The project aims to enhance the further professional development of the police workforce through improving the quality of police learning and development departments of police forces across England and Wales.

Closing date for applications is 11 March 2018. 

More details at: 

FutureLearn MOOC Managing Public Money

The Open University Business School has partnered with The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) to offer a free four-week course targeted at those with an interest in financial management across the public and not-for-profit sectors.


This free online course, Managing Public Money, starts on 5 February 2018.  To find our more and register please visit the course page: http://bit.ly/2uYsD4l




New post: Director of Police Learning and Transformation Programme

We wish to appoint a Director to lead the Police Learning Transformation project, which is a major research and organisation development project in the programme of work. The Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL).  The project aims to enhance the further professional development of the police workforce through improving the quality of police learning and development departments of police forces across England and Wales. 

For further information and how to apply, please see the attached document

Police Secondment, Apprenticeships

We are offering the opportunity to apply for a one year fixed term police secondment to The Open University as part of the continuing expansion of policing research, learning and knowledge exchange through the Centre for Policing Research and Learning. We will also consider appointing two six month positions instead of a single twelve month secondment. 

Please see the the attached documents for more information or contact OUPC@open.ac.uk


Book published- 'Managing Health and Wellbeing in the Public Sector: A guide to best practice'

Cary L. Cooper and Ian Hesketh (University of Lancaster) have recently published a best practice guide to Managing Health and Wellbeing in the Public Sector (Routledge).  A 20% discount flyer is attached.  Content details are as follows:

New PhD Studentship Opportunities

The Centre are please to anounce more PhD Studentship opportunities.

Please see the attched flyer for information

CPD Week day 5 - Our partnerships

Our final contribution to CPD Week focuses on some of the work we have done in collaboration with our partners from the College of Policing and police forces that are members of the Centre.

CPD Week day 4 - Most viewed courses and videos

For our CPD week theme today we are going to focus on the courses that you have already found the most popular.  One of the hottest topics at present is cyber security.  Our course “Introduction to Cyber Security” has now passed the 150,000 learners milestone and we would like it to move on towards 200,000!  The course details can be found here if you haven’t already completed the course. 

CPD week Day 3: Personal Resilience and Wellbeing

Today we would like to direct you towards our free courses that cover the topics of personal resilience, wellbeing and mental health.  The Centre has picked out 18 separate free courses that cover these topics and listed them on our web page about free learning page.  You can access this here.  Understanding of mental health is also important from the perspective of the people that police have to deal with – such as the problems created when someone is addicted to drugs or alcohol.  Some of our courses can help you better und

CPD week Day 2: Leadership

One of the Centre’s main strengths is its expertise in the CPD Week theme of Leadership.  One of our favourite videos on our YouTube Playlist is entitled “Politically astute leadership for public managers” featuring a discussion by the Centre's Academic Director, Jean Hartley.  This is well worth a watch and the link is here.

CPD week Day 1: Introduction to CPD week and our challenge to start learning something new

Welcome to the centre’s contribution to CPD Week. Just like last year, each day this week we will highlight an aspect of our work which is contributing to continuing professional development in policing.

Honorary degree awarded to Sir Matt Baggott (October 2017)

The Centre celebrated the presentation of an Open University honorary degree to Sir Matt Baggott, previous Chief of PSNI on the 27 October 2017.  

Congrats to the software engineering and design group on winning a prestigious grant (October 2017)

The Open University's software engineering and design (SEAD) group, an academic partner within the OU Policing Centre, has been awarded a prestigious EPSRC Platform Grant to support the group’s strategic research activities for the next five years, including collaborations with policing partners such as Gwent Police to develop software technologies that  better support police-citizens engagement. 



Coming soon – new free online course on Tricky Topics

The Open University, in collaboration with Oxford University, has developed a website providing resources to support teacher-training in schools, colleges, universities and other sectors. These resources have been designed to help teachers to enhance students’ deeper understanding in difficult-to-learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects.

OU/BBC collaboration 'The Detectives: Murder on the streets' to show on BBC2 (September 2017)

On Wednesday the 20th September 2017 at 9pm the first of four episodes of The Detectives: Murder on the streets will show on BBC2. This is an OU/BBC co-production which follows the Murder Investigation Team from Greater Manchester Police. Zoe Walkington has worked as an academic advisor to the programme for Psychology, alongside Hugh McFaul from Law.

New free online course - managing public money (July 2017)

A new MOOC has been launched - Managing Public Money

Explore and understand how you can manage public money effectively to create and demonstrate value for citizens.

Course starts on 11 September 2017, sign up now at: https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/managing-public-money

Open University Game-based Simulation Earns Gold in the 2017 International Serious Play Awards (July 2017)


Child Witness Interview Simulator with UK police, developed by HighSkillz in collaboration with The Open University’s Learning Teaching and Innovation Academic Unit (LTI-Academic, the Institute of Educational Technology, IET) wins Gold in the International Serious Play Awards 2017! 


This academic/private sector partnership was carried out in collaboration with The Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning, along with several police force partners, notably Lancashire Constabulary. 


Vacancies - Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Director of Learning for the Centre for Policing Research and Learning and Lecturer in Psychology (June 2017)

Do you want to play a leading role in shaping the future of research and learning in policing? Do you want to be part of a vibrant, interdisciplinary team comprised of academics and policing professionals?

Use your previous learning to help you gain an OU qualification (June 2017)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is the identification, assessment and formal acknowledgement of learning and achievement that occurred at some time in the past which is taken into account when you register for your study. The OU has an RPL policy which outlines key criteria for exemption from OU study and which includes the following general statement:


College of Policing Bursary Scheme (June 2017)

Launching the 2017/18 College Bursary Scheme


The College of Policing would like to announce the launch of its new 2017/18 Bursary Scheme and we would also like to remind you about our Academic Support Network on POLKA………..


New College Bursary Scheme launched

Super recognisers

There are huge individual differences in the ability to recognise faces.  Most of us can recognise hundreds of faces of people that we know well, but tend to be very poor at remembering faces that we have only seen briefly, such as is the case in witnessing most crimes.  Research has demonstrated clearly that we find unfamiliar face processing very difficult. Find out more and read the attached document. 

The Met: Policing London Series 2

Don't miss The Met: Policing London Series 2 on Weds 24 May 2017 9pm BBC1 and 11pm BBC Scotland


Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence Based Practice - open for registration

In consultation with the Centre’s policing partners and the College of Policing, a specially designed Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence Based Practice has been developed for police officers and staff. 

The PG Cert in EBP is designed for police officers and managers working in the police service in a variety of capacities. It aims to develop a deeper understanding of the use of evidence based practice. In particular it provide practical guidance on using research evidence within a workplace project and in carrying out your daily activities.

Early Bird Booking Now Open - 2018 SEBP conference

The Centre for Policing Research and Learning are delighted to be hosting the 2018 SEBP conference in Milton Keynes.

The Centre exists to create and use knowledge through both research and education to improve policing. In this way, the Centre contributes to the work of police forces as they adapt to a changing policing landscape, with its greater emphasis on evidence-based practice.

The conference will showcase new research and knowledge across all areas of policing and will include world-class academics.

‘Pracademia – how a short but sweet collaboration panned out’ by Jane Birkett, Senior Officer, National Crime Agency (NCA)

Three months as Senior Practitioner Fellow with the Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL) taught me many things, not least that despite the chasm of differences between law enforcement and academia the two can cooperate extraordinarily well.  This is of course dependent on the spirit of the people involved, their dedication to the cause and willingness to learn from each other, which I think (and know that I’m not alone from talking to my academic research team) is achieved with gusto in this union. In a nutshell, CPRL does what it says on the tin and more.

New book: Learning for Organizational Development

Eileen Arney’s new book Learning for Organizational Development: How to design, deliver and evaluate effective L & D provides an introduction for practitioners to organization development and to  designing and delivering effective people development in  modern organizations. It explores the issues and opportunities facing learning and development(L&D)and provides practical guidance on:

Blog: Do new laws on phone use whilst driving fully reflect scientific knowledge?

On 1st March, tougher penalties for hand-held phone use whilst driving came into force. Those who are caught now face a £200 fine and 6 points on their licence. On announcing the change in legislation, Transport minister, Chris Grayling claimed that drivers must “take responsibility” for their actions, making phone use behind the wheel as socially taboo as drink and drug driving.

The Centre for Policing Research and Learning are delighted to be hosting the 2018 SEBP conference in Milton Keynes.

Picture of the Walton Hall building at The Open University

The Centre for Policing Research and Learning are delighted to be hosting the 2018 SEBP conference in Milton Keynes. 

The Centre exists to create and use knowledge through both research and education to improve policing.  In this way, the Centre contributes to the work of police forces as they adapt to a changing policing landscape, with its greater emphasis on evidence-based practice.

The OU Breakfast Briefing: Do employers really want their employees to be critical thinkers?

The Open University Business Network is here share our insights into leadership and management to help your business flourish – that is why we have set up the Business Network with its quarterly Breakfast Briefings.

The Business Network Breakfast Briefing will be led by Dr Alex Wright, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management at The Open University Business School. Alex will explain his research project idea that would examine how critical thinking is understood among employers and practitioners.

Book your place here:

Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Practice

Please find attached further details relating to the registration process for the Postgraduate Certificate in Evidence-Based Practice. 

An Introduction to public leadership is now live as a study-anytime course

We are very pleased to let you know that the free to study anytime OpenLearn course An Introduction to public leadership is now live at the following link: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/money-business/introduction-public-leadership/content-section-overview.   


Centre for Policing Research and Learning Senior Practitioner Fellows

Have you seen and met the police officers around the campus?   No, it’s not an undercover investigation of any nefarious activities of academics.  We have five police officers and staff who are or have been on secondment to the Centre for Policing Research and Learning as Senior Practitioner Fellows.  Their secondments were funded by the Police Knowledge Fund and enabled them to join existing research projects, both to learn about research skills and also to contribute to research with their practical knowledge of policing and police organizations.

Senior Practitioner Fellow in Digital Forensics – a secondment opportunity for police officers and staff (full or part-time considered). 13/12/2016

We are please to announce a secondment opportunity for a full or part time Senior Practitoner Fellow.

Please see the document attached for more information

2 PhD Studentships (part-time) starting October 2017, application close 17/03/2017 (posted 13/12/2016)

The Open University Policing Consortium are pleased to announce the opportunity to apply for one of 2 part -ime PhD Studentships.  Applications close at midday on 17 March 2017. 

Please see the attached document for further details.

Open University/Oxford University/Brunel Doctoral Training Partnership (posted 06/12/2016)

The Open University invites applications for full - and part-time studentships in our suite of pathways within The Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership.

The link below is to the Grand Union advert for PhD studentships on jobs.ac.uk.


Online MOOC: Introduction to cyber security (posted 29/11/2016)

This free online course, Introduction to cyber security: stay safe online, will help you to understand online security and start to protect your digital life, whether at home or work. You will learn how to recognise the threats that could harm you online and the steps you can take to reduce the chances that they will happen to you. 

CPD Week Day 5! Jane's Blog ‘Pracademia – A Complex Ethical World’ 11/11/2016

Today, in our final contribution to CPD Week, you can read about the experience of one senior officer, Jane Birkett, from the National Crime Agency in being one of the Open University’s Senior Practitioner Research Fellows. These ‘pracademics’ as they are sometimes known, work alongside Open University academics for 3-6 months on a research project which contributes to the evidence base in an area of professional importance to them and their organization.

CPD Week Day 4! 'Mentoring' 10/11/2016

Today we highlight the importance of mentoring for supporting CPD. Part of our work this year has been to develop resources which help police professionals understand their role as a mentor and help develop skills and techniques for supporting the learning of the staff they mentor. Click on the Knowledge Exchange tab at the top of the Home page and find out more.