School of Forensic and Applied Sciences


Hydra Minerva Policing Facilityat UCLan

UCLan Policing provides Criminal Justice practitioners and agencies a gateway to a range of services that are tailored to the needs of the user. It provides a one-stop shop for policing related requirements at an academic level, which includes accredited higher education to doctor level (Prof. Doc), as well as providing access to world class research and facilities.


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Multi-disciplinary Research of International Significance

Police horses charging

We publish high level research papers and present at conferences across the world. We collaborate with national and internationally renowned academics. We are part of the UCLan Criminal Justice Partnership that engages multi-disciplinary academics from: computing, psychology, law, criminology, social work, geography and management science.

Evidence Based Policing 
Criminal Justice Partnership 
UCLan Cyber Crime Research Unit

World renowned courses allied with selected partners

We work closely with the police and other community safety agencies at a local, national and international level. For those preparing for a role in policing or community safety we offer a range of foundation and undergraduate degrees. For those who wish to develop further we offer postgraduate degrees at MSc and Professional Doctorate delivered in a flexible way.

Undergraduate Courses 
Postgraduate Courses 
Study at a Partner Institution

Facilities rank as some of the best in the world

UCLan Policing is proud of its world class research and teaching facilities. The Hydra Minerva Suite is viewed by the Hydra Foundation as providing one of the best immersive training experiences in the world, and is one of the very few in UK universities to mirror the specification and complexity of the most advanced training systems used by police forces and other emergency services across the UK and abroad. Learning and development experiences are tailored to the needs of the student and are delivered through a variety of approaches utilising a blend of classroom and online designs. Other facilities include: Forensic Investigation Laboratory and our Forensic Computing Laboratory.


Staff from challenging professional roles

Policing staff UCLan

UCLan recognises that world class research, learning and development can only be achieved through its staff. Policing staff are carefully selected for knowledge and skills that are relevant in a real world environment. Many of the staff have previous experience in high profile and challenging professional roles:

Bob Barnes
Former Principal Officer in the Serious and Organised Crime Agency
James Bonworth
Course Leader MSc Counter Terrorism
Dr Laura Boulton
Specialist area decision making
David Brian
Former Detective Superintendent
Michael Constantine
Retired Chief Inspector from Merseyside Police
Dr. Carol Cox
Former Inspector
Mark Dale
Qualified to the rank of Chief Inspector
John Edmondson
Former Sergeant worked on the national training standard for UK Forces

George Fawcett
Former Superintendent Lancashire / Greater Manchester
Andy Johnson
Former Detective Chief Inspector (homicide)
Professor Stuart Kirby
Detective Chief Superintendent
Dr. Bernard Sheridan
Former Police Officer Greater Manchester
David Lord
Retired Police Officer
Bill McMahon
Former Chief Superintendent and staff officer for HMIC
Dr. Michelle McManus
Assisted on KIRAT (Internet Risk Assessment Tool) 
Giles Orton
Previously Cheshire Police
Clive Tattum
Former Detective Chief Superintendent


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