21st August 2001




Bobbies on the beat will be back in the classroom next month thanks to a ground-breaking collaboration between Lincolnshire Police and the University of Lincolnshire & Humberside.


Fifteen police officers and support staff will start the new BA (Hons) Police Studies  course, part of the university’s growing portfolio of work-based learning degrees.


Work-based learning allows students to study while continuing to work and provides formal recognition for expertise and competencies gained in the workplace. Through face-to-face tutorials and workshops, online lessons and discussion groups and project work students will follow units including:


·        Information Technology

·        Applied Problem Solving

·        Social Policy

·        Finance

·        Law in Action

·        Management of Change

·        Integration and Exclusion

·        Communication Skills


“The university has invested more than two years of research and development, working with Lincolnshire Police and other organisations, to develop this innovative approach,” commented Martin Pinnick, Reach-Out Manager for the Faculty of Social and Life Sciences.


“The Government has promoted the idea that a continually developing workforce with high levels of skills, enterprise and initiative is essential. Organisations report that traditional campus-based courses don’t always meet their needs, so work-based learning degrees are a response to these demands.”


Chief Inspector Ian Redpath, head of training for Lincolnshire Police, said: “This degree course represents an exciting new development. This work-based learning degree will lend impetus to our aim of providing a better informed work force in key areas.  By investing in this partnership, our staff will be more able to meet the continuing demands of society in general and thus better serve the people of Lincolnshire.  I am looking forward to a long and fruitful partnership.”


Units will be delivered on-campus and in the workplace and the course is expected to take most students at least one year to complete. For further details contact Martin Pinnick on 01522 886490.


For more information on this press release contact  Jez Ashberry, Press and Media Relations Manager, University of Lincolnshire & Humberside (tel: 01522 886042)