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Senior Research/research Fellow Police Learning and Transformation Programme

Applicants are invited to apply for a postdoctoral position in policing at Open University. Applications are welcome before December 05, 2018.

We wish to appoint a Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow to work on the Police Learning Transformation Programme, which is a national research and development project of The Open University's Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL). The project is undertaking action research in order to enhance the further professional development of the police workforce through improving the quality of police learning and development departments across the 43 territorial police forces of England and Wales. Research underpins this organisation development work. This research project has already started and is producing outputs, so the post-holder will join an existing and well-functioning research team.

The project is working with all 43 English and Welsh police forces, partnering with the London Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) and working with the College of Policing. So this research has a high profile nationally. The academic work has wider applicability to other public services and large organisations across sectors.

The project derives from the national policy initiative to improve the quality of police learning and development. The current project is providing research and educational support to enable the organisational development needed across all police forces to enact the revised learning and development standards, to foster continuous improvement in police learning and development departments, and strengthen all training, learning and development provision through a greater engagement in evidence-based teaching and learning. Many police forces have already volunteered to be part of this action research.

The successful candidate will provide academic knowledge of, and expertise relevant to, learning and development in organisational settings, continuing professional development, pedagogy applied to professional contexts, and/or organisational change and development. The post holder will contribute to action research across police forces, and will contribute by writing reports and academic publications. The person will be expected to create and maintain strong working relationships with policy makers and senior practitioners. They will work alongside other academics working on the programme.

For information regarding the Open University Business School and Research areas please read the attached brochure located alongside the Job Related Information located on our website, via the link below.


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