Staff Profile

Martin Holleran

Postgraduate Researcher


Title: 'How professionalising policing through education to degree level helps to prepare students studying Professional Policing in a Higher Education setting for the role of a police officer.'

By 2020, all new police officers will require to be educated to degree level to be a qualified police officer. The College of Policing, the professional body for England and Wales has developed the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF). This allows for multiple educational routes to become a police officer, as well as supporting the learning of current police officers and staff. The Professional Policing degree, licensed by the College is likely be the main route by which most young adults will gain a qualification that allows them to apply to become a police officer. The routes will move away from the more traditional approach of competency-based training at level 3 to a more educational approach at level 6. The average age of a recruit to the police service is in their late 20s. With this in mind, how likely is it that students at university studying Professional Policing and leaving at 21/22 years old are going to be successful in an application process? The study proposes to look at how students are selected for the Professional Policing programme, how the students cope with the transition from Further Education into Higher Education and their ability to manage a programme that is governed by a strict national curriculum. The study will also consider issues relating to gender and education.    

Supervisors:  Rob Creasy

Research interests: Transition from Further to Higher Education, gender issues in policing, Competency-based training vs. Education



Holleran, M. (2016) Police ‘Sex Pests’? No, they are predators and offenders. Policing Insight (30/10/2016)

Holleran, M. (2017) Why academics need to speak a language that policing understands. Policing Insight (July 2017)


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