Blog from MOPAC and The Open University's first L&D National Learning Network event at City Hall Friday 9th November 2018.


One of the attendees of the event– Chief Inspector and Head of Operational L&D at West Midlands; Allan Green has written a blog on the event itself:



Baseline survey

The OU/MOPAC action research on implementing the transformation of police learning and development publishes here the financial analysis of L and D across all English and Welsh forces (anonymised).  This work is important in showing the variation in spend (adjusted for size) but also the areas where financial information is either not available or is not consistently measured.  If police learning and development is to shift from being an abstraction to an investment, then closer understanding of financial costs – and benefits – will be invaluable.  This report is a critical step in that dir

**CPE Week day 5**

Professor Graham Pike invites you to test your own face identification skills by completing an online test:

**CPD Week day 4**

Welcome to day 4 of CPD week. Today Professor Jean Hartley encourages you to read an article on public services innovation. The article is designed to be of interest to people who don’t have the money or resources to undertake innovation.

**CPD Week day 3**

The Centre is participating in the College of Policing's CPD week.  Today, take a look at our free short course in forensic psychology with CPRL:

**CPD Week Day 2**

Dr Matthew Jones talks about the PEQF programmes we are developing

**CPD Week Day 1**

College of Policing CPD week: How do I get started with CPD?

Welcome to the Centre for Policing Research and Learning with the Open University. In support of CPD week we have put together some ideas for you that might encourage you to undertake some free CPD with us at the Open University. Over the course of this week we will be introducing new ideas and suggestions to you each day, hoping that one or two of them will spark your imagination and interest and enthuse you to learn. We hope that you enjoy the opportunity to find out more!

New: Badged Open Online Courses

Professor Graham Pike and the Forensic Psychology team have 2 new BOOC's

For more information and to enrol please click on the links below:


Dr. Ian Hesketh blog: Improving Lives– Academy of Management Conference - Chicago 2018

I was one of three academics and practitioners associated with The Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning who participated in this conference.  My co-presenters from CPRL were Jean Hartley and Matt Jones. Prior to attending the conference, we were fortunate enough to pay a visit to Chicago Police Dept, hosted for the day by Commander Marc Buslik from District 19.

Prof. Jean Hartley Blog: Windy City Blues- Academics and practitioners learning together in Chicago

My visit to Chicago, along with Matt Jones of The Open University and Ian Hesketh of the College of Policing - all three of us associated with the OU’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning - was primarily to participate in the Academy of Management Annual Conference, through running a workshop and going to myriad conference sessions, mainly on leadership but also on organizational change and social impact.  In addition, we also were hosted magnificently by the Chicago Police Department for one day. 

Chicago Police Department

Implementing the Transformation of Police Learning and Development: Baseline Survey Report

The Baseline Survey Report is released.

The purpose of this research is to understand to what extent and in what ways English and Welsh police forces are prepared for the changes to training, learning and development required to implement Policing Vision 2025, and how they can best be supported to realise this ambition.

This survey aims to establish a baseline of working practices, and attitudes about training, learning and development from both managers and portfolio leads at police forces across England and Wales.

**Current job opportunities within the Centre**

The Centre for Policing Research and Learning currently have some job opportunites available. See below and click on the links for more information and how to apply.


Current Vacencies:

Senior Lecturer:

A Study of Non-Urgent Demand to Identify Opportunities for Demand Reduction - Article published by Paul Walley

We are pleased to share that Dr Paul Walley from the Centre for Policing Research and Learning along with Anna Jennison-Phillips have had a published article entitled: A Study of Non-Urgent Demand to Identify Opportunities for Demand Reduction.

Please click here to see the full article

CPRL Forensic Investigation in the news

A sponsored article featuring CPRL on the topic of TV versus real-world crime scene investigations has been published in the London-based 'Metro' newspaper.   The article, entitled 'The CSI Effect', references the Centre and outlines Forensic Psychology opportunities available through the Open University.   Prof Graham Pike, CPRL Director of Research, remarks that materials drawn on for grisly cop drama storylines make "Brilliant entertainment, but are often utter nonsense".  Read the full article here.

Inaugural Lecture: Making new ways of organising out of old, 26 June 2018

Making new ways of organising out of old with Richard Holti, Professor of Professional Learning, Faculty of Business and Law.

Exploring technologies to improve how citizens and the police work together to keep us safe

Researchers at The Open University (OU), working with the Centre for Policing Research and Learning, have received a £1 million Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) grant to improve the way members of the public and authorities such as the police work together. This will support them to better investigate and reduce potential or actual threats to citizen privacy, safety, and security.

Child Witness Interviewing Simulation (CWIS)

We have developed an award-winning training simulation that addresses gaps in the knowledge and skills of new recruits and serving officers when interviewing child witnesses. Interviewing child witnesses of crime is often a delicate and challenging part of the job that requires a blend of soft skills and familiarity with procedure. That’s why our simulator is designed to make officers follow correct procedure, as well as carefully choose dialogue that will get the best outcome for both the police and the child.

New paper - "In Search of Individual and Organizational Fairness in Policing"

Published online in International Journal of HRD Practice, Policy and Research “In Search of Individual and Organizational Fairness in Policing” by Dr Steven Chase, Thames Valley Police.  Find it at:

Course on Systems Thinking now available

Systems thinking provides theory and practical tools for seeking solutions to messy social and organisational problems at local, regional and global levels.   This free MOOC (Massive Online Open Course) on 'Systems Thinking and Complexity' was developed in collaboration with policing partners from the Centre for Policing Research and Learning.  It is suitable for those with management, policy and/or problem-solving roles.  Using real-world examples the course provides methods and tools for your own examples, enabling you to apply systems and complexity thinking in your personal and professi

Free course - Forensic psychology

Explore how your own mind works, and discover how the limitations of the human brain can lead to major miscarriages of justice in this free online course

‘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 ne

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:




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


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 un

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:

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?