Winners in national teaching awards

"It recognises the great work that the School has been doing in collaboration with police forces to enhance the employability skills of our students and contribute to the advancement of policing in the UK."

Dr John Wheeler, Associate Dean in the School of Law, Policing and Forensics

Academics from Staffordshire University have won a national teaching award which celebrates their unique collaborations with industry.

A team from the School of Law, Policing and Forensics were announced winners of the Collaborative Awards for Teaching Excellence [CATE] at a special ceremony at Westminster this week.

The awards, hosted by the Higher Education Academy, recognise learning collaborations that capture creative, innovative practice and benefit the student experience.

Dr John Wheeler, Associate Dean of the School of Law, Policing and Forensics, said: “We are all very pleased and excited to have won this award. It recognises the great work that the School has been doing in collaboration with police forces to enhance the employability skills of our students and contribute to the advancement of policing in the UK.

“It acknowledges the outstanding efforts of a great team and I am very proud of them and their achievements.”

The team has developed collaborations with police forces including the Staffordshire Forensic Partnership and other initiatives, which are providing a range of opportunities for students.

John Beckwith, Head of Forensics at Staffordshire Police, commented: “I'm delighted that the Staffordshire Forensic Partnership has been recognised through the CATE awards. Our team, led by Claire Millar, have been key to complementing those at the University to establish and develop student learning opportunities within Staffordshire Police Forensics.

“There are many examples of how this work has helped us to improve and ensure our communities are safer. The combined Police, University and student talent brings exciting new ways of working and innovation to help reduce crime and its impact on victims and witnesses.”

Fifteen institutions were shortlisted in the awards and Staffordshire University is one of six winning teams. The prize includes a grant of up to £15,000 for the teams to share their learning.

Dr Wheeler added: “We intend to establish a Knowledge Exchange Group in the UK that will bring together practitioners from higher education, police forces, forensic providers, professional bodies and other stakeholders nationally to share ideas and best practice.

“Additionally, we will work to extend the scope of our activities across a wider range of police forces and other agencies and through new courses, particularly the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship that we are developing currently.”

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