Director, Police Learning & Transformation Programme

Open University - The Open University Business School

Salary £50,618 – £73,037 commensurate with skills and experience

Fixed Term Contract or secondment for 24 months

Based in Milton Keynes

We wish to appoint a Director to lead the Police Learning Transformation project, which is a major research and organization development project in the programme of work in The Open University’s Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL).  The project aims to enhance the further professional development of the police workforce through improving the quality of police learning and development departments of police forces across England and Wales. 

The project will operate with all 43 police forces in England and Wales, working closely with MOPAC and the College of Policing, meaning this work will have a high profile.  The academic work will have wider applicability to other public services and large organisations across sectors.  

The project comes out of the national policy initiative to improve the quality of police learning and development.  The Police Educational Qualifications Framework (PEQF) aims to enhance police qualifications to support the Policing Vision 2015.  The current project will provide research and pedagogical support to enable the organisational development needed across all police forces to enact the revised training standards, to foster continuous improvement in police learning and development departments, and strengthen learning and development provision through a greater engagement in evidence-based teaching and learning.

The successful candidate will provide strong research leadership and enable research to be used to collaboratively enhance organizational development.  The person will be experienced in creating and maintaining working relationships with policy makers and senior practitioners.  They will be skilled in professional development and education in an organizational context.    They will direct the work of the OU research team, including two full-time Research Fellows as well as at least one part-time academic using their OU research time for this project. The Director will have the dedicated support of a full-time project manager.

The post may suit an academic who would like a two-year secondment to enable deep immersion in research.  Part-time would also be considered.  Informal enquiries to Professor Jean Hartley

Closing date for electronic applications: Midday 2 February 2018

Interview date: 8/9 February 2018

For detailed information and how to apply go to, or email  quoting the reference number.

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