Stephen has been contributing to the field of policing education for over twenty years firstly as a national police trainer and quality manager within the police service but over the last decade within Higher Education. He joined the Open University in February 2019 and is the module leader for the second year, work-based learning element of the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) that the Open University is offering as part of the portfolio of policing programmes linked to the Police Education and Qualifications Framework (PEQF).
Stephen joined the Open University policing team from Liverpool John Moores University where he was Head of Undergraduate and Postgraduate Programmes. Stephen has worked closely with Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) across the country and was Co-chair of the Higher Education Forum for Learning and Development in Policing between 2014 and 2018. Within this capacity he worked closely with the College of Policing contributing to the development of the PEQF and the Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) curriculum.
Stephen is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) and a Fellow of the Higher Education Leadership Foundation (FHEL).
Core to Stephen’s research interest is the interplay of various actors within teaching, learning and assessment and the impact that this has for the learning of a student.
Policing: Policing Culture and Police Organisation
Police Incidents - Initial Response
Education: Work-based Learning
Assessment for learning