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Lecturer in Policing Organisation and Practice

The Open University - Faculty of Business and Law (FBL)

Location: Milton Keynes
Salary: £41,526 to £49,553 per annum
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 20th September 2019
Closes: 18th October 2019
Job Ref: 16556

£41,526 - £49,553, Ref No: 16556
Based in Milton Keynes
Full-time, part time would be considered
Fixed Term Contract to 31/01/2023

Come and be part of the exciting expansion of Policing at the Open University!

The Open University is expanding its teaching, research and scholarship in Policing. As part of this expansion we are developing a suite of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in this area that will be delivered nationally.

We invite applications from a broad spectrum of academic expertise related to policing as well as from appropriately qualified policing professionals looking to move into academia. We particularly encourage applications from those who have expertise in one or more of the following areas related to policing (other areas will be considered):

  • Police Governance and Accountability
  • Crime and Society
  • Criminal Justice
  • Community & Neighbourhood Policing
  • Vulnerability
  • Digital and Online Crime and policing
  • Roads Policing

The position offers the opportunity to be part of a vibrant, inter-disciplinary research and scholarship culture and community, and to develop expertise in online and distance learning.

The appointee will be work closely with the Centre for Policing Research and Learning (CPRL) - a collaborative partnership between the Open University and 21 police agencies across the UK, from large territorial forces (e.g. Metropolitan Police Service, Greater Manchester, Thames Valley) to smaller forces (e.g. Gwent, Dorset, Gloucestershire) and including specialist police agencies (e.g.  National Crime Agency and British Transport Police).  More than 50 academics across the OU are involved in research, education and knowledge exchange related to policing across all faculties of the University.

Candidates should have an emerging research and/or scholarship track record and/or the motivation to develop a contribution in the research areas of the Centre for Policing Research and Learning ( The appointee will also be expected to contribute to the citizenship of the department and faculty more widely.

Part time hours for this role would be considered and can be discussed as part of the application process, please state on your cover letter if you are seeking a part time role. The role will be contractually based in Milton Keynes with the expectation to be on campus at least 3 days a week.

Informal enquires to the Director of Policing Organisation and Practice, Dr Matthew Jones (

Applicants may be subject to further pre-screening/vetting procedures from our partner police organisations.

For full role details please visit, Lecturer in Policing Organisation and Practice

Closing date: Midday on 18th October 2019

Interview date: w/c 11th November 2019

How to apply

To apply, please complete a short application form and include your CV together with a covering letter, no more than 4 sides of A4, detailing how you meet the person specification. In this cover letter please provide examples and evidence of how you match the person specification listed in the job description.

Please send your application documents to  Please ensure you quote the vacancy reference number. 

When submitting your application, please make sure that your communications includes the following in the subject line: “APPLICATION – Lecturer in Policing Organisation and Practice – FBL - 16556.”

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