Darren Walsh


Health, Education, Policing and Sciences

My career in West Midlands Police included roles in uniform policing (Response, Neighbourhood and Public Order) and in investigation (CID, West Midlands CTU, Counter Corruption and West Midlands Regional Organised Crime Unit). I retired in December 2021 as a Detective Superintendent and I hope that I use can my experience to support the new recruits from West Midlands, Staffordshire, West Mercia and Warwickshire Police forces, teaching and supporting the delivery of Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) and Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP).

During my career I achieved accreditation as an Authorising Officer for covert authorities, Kidnap and Extortion Senior Investigating Officer and I was the force lead for Robbery and Burglary.

I have represented the interests of UK Policing in Council of Europe negotiations on the adoption of domestic legislation to protect the integrity of covert investigations and safeguard the wellbeing of staff and officers.

Following a significant Counter Terrorism Operation, I led the development of an Independent Advisory Group to capture the sentiment towards policing within the community. This group has continued to flourish and has received national recognition in the Race for Opportunity Awards.

Professional memberships and activities

  • Registered with the HCPC
  • Member British Society of Immunology
  • Member Royal Society of Biology
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Academic qualifications

MBA, Public Service Management, University of Birmingham


  • Covert Human Intelligence Sources
  • Undercover Policing
  • Acquisitive Crime

Research interests

  • Serious and organised crime
  • Police culture and practice
  • Police officer welfare
  • Alternatives to Custody
  • Drug Intervention Programmes
  • Covert Policing



Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA)


Degree Holder Entry Programme (DHEP)

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