“The work of the team has helped many students to gain real-world work experience and undertake research projects that have a direct impact upon police policy and process, ultimately benefiting their communities.
Dr John Wheeler, Associate Dean in the School of Law, Policing and Forensics
A team of Staffordshire University academics are among the finalists in the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence to be announced this week.
Introduced last year by the Higher Education Academy, the CATE celebrates collaborative work in teaching and learning and captures creative and innovative practice that benefits the student experience.
Dr John Wheeler, Associate Dean in the School of Law, Policing and Forensics, leads the team and has responsibility for overseeing developments with police forces which includes the Staffordshire Forensic Partnership and other initiatives which are providing great opportunities for students.
Dr Wheeler said: “The work of the team has helped many students to gain real-world work experience and undertake research projects that have a direct impact upon police policy and process, ultimately benefiting their communities. Many activities have been firsts in the UK and have set new standards for collaborative working.”
“We have a great team of forensic experts with specialisms ranging from ballistics to fingerprints and DNA profiling and their groundbreaking work with police forces is having a direct impact on the student experience. Added to this, we have colleagues who are forging new links with police in the area of Justice Services which opens up new opportunities for students on our Policing and Criminal Investigation awards. This all helps pave the way for meaningful careers with the police.”
Fifteen institutions have been shortlisted for the award. Six of these institutions will be awarded grants of up to £15,000 to disseminate their learning. The six teams will be announced at a formal celebration event at Westminster on November 1.
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