John Maher


School of Justice, Security and Sustainability

I’m a lecturer in the IoP.

Prior to joining the IoP I ran my own training company called Academy Recruit Training Ltd. I was Director of this company for ten years. We were College of Policing approved providers for the Certificate in Knowledge of Policing. We also provided training in how to pass police assessment centres.

I was a police officer for 30 years with Greater Manchester Police (GMP). I worked in a variety of departments in GMP including the training department. My final posting was as a response inspector at Manchester Airport.

Academic qualifications

  • MSc with Distinction in Exercise and Nutrition Science, Liverpool University.
  • Certificate in Adult Education, Warrington Collegiate.


  • Police law
  • Police assessment centres
Top 15 for Teaching Quality

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2021

6th for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022

Midlands University of the Year

Midlands Business Awards 2020