Dr Nicky Miller joined the Faculty of Business and Law as a Senior Lecturer in Policing Organisation and Practice in February 2019. Nicky is part of the team responsible for the design and development of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship with a focus on Evidence Based Policing and Research Methods. Nicky also works with the Centre for Policing Research and Learning as a Senior Research Fellow seeking to better understand the challenges and facilitators in mobilising police-related research into their professional practice.
Prior to joining the OU, Nicky was the Research Evidence Partnerships Manager at the College of Policing where she lead a programme of work to achieve partnerships between police forces and with education sector providers to influence the development of police skills and confidence in seeking and using knowledge including information literacy, critical appraisal, evaluation techniques and research translation that supported the increased receptivity and engagement of the Service to research and evidence based practice (EBP). She played a key role in the College’s work to embed an evidence-based approach to policing, with the transfer and translation of research evidence in practice, with a particular focus on ‘what works’ in policing.
Nicky has spent the majority of her career in the field of applied police research. Nicky has worked on the Home Office’s Serious Crime Research Programme where she supported the investigative process through her research on, for example, the skills required of a Senior Investigating Officer; the use of homicide data to assist homicide investigations; and, an evaluation of the Scientific Content Analysis technique (SCAN) in detecting deceit. Nicky has also been responsible for the Home Office’s Organised and Hi-tech Crime Research Programme before joining the Serious Crime Analysis Section as a Principal Analyst where she had the opportunity to manage and conduct research in support of the analytical process.
Nicky’s research interests are around evidence-based policing with a particular focus on police-academic collaborations, building the ‘what works’ evidence base in policing, as well as the barriers and facilitators in getting research into practice.