Clare Brennan


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I am a Lecturer within the IoP and have been working here since 2021. As a former police officer with West Midlands Police, I worked in both uniform and investigative roles.

Whilst serving as a detective constable within West Midlands Police's Public Protection Unit, I investigated serious and complex crime including sexual offences, domestic abuse and child abuse.

In 2019 I made the move from policing to higher education and now enjoy sharing my experience with the students on our courses.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

  • Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice in Higher Education, Coventry University
  • BA (Joint Hons) English & Education Studies, Newman College of Higher Education
  • MA Education, Staffordshire University
in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021