Training and Learning


‘To enhance research training and learning among police and partners organisations to secure research impact and maximise the practical benefits to policing innovation and the exploitation of data’ 

Conference/Seminar funding Opportunity

Maximum funds available: £3,000.00

The N8 PRP Training and Learning strand is offering the opportunity for our partners to apply for funding to host events that address the training and learning needs of the police and academics conducting research in an area of policing. This strand of the N8 Policing Partnerships seeks to provide opportunities for knowledge exchange between academics and policing partners.

Each application must explain the rationale for the event, its proposed content, location, expected numbers (no more than 1500 words), and a supporting letter from a constabulary workforce lead to explain that the event would address the training and learning needs of  police, or evidence that such training is needed.

The N8 Training and Learning strand welcomes applications from both N8 PRP partner and external institutions. Please note that in addition to a supporting letter from an N8 PRP constabulary workforce lead, events supported by an N8 PRP T&L grant should be open and accessible to members of N8 partner institutions, and applications developed in collaboration with members of N8 PRP institutions (universities and/or police forces) are particularly welcome. The T&L event will typically be held in the North of England (defined by the geographical distribution of the N8 PRP partner institutions).

Please email completed applications and supporting evidence to Jude Towers

You may wish to consult members of the N8 list of experts, please see:

For further information please contact Dr Jude Towers,  Lancaster University,

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N8 PRP Training and Learning Research Project

The N8 PRP Training and Learning strand has cordinated a research project on training and learning in the N8 Policing Research Partnership (PRP), in order to:

  • identify best practices in training and learning in N8 police forces which can be shared across the partnership;
  • identify current challenges to training and learning in police forces;
  • identify future training and learning needs for policing partners;
  • investigate relevant resources available through N8 academic partners and how beneficial partnerships between police and academics can be strengthened;
  • and to use findings of the research to support the sustainable development of partnerships between police and academic beyond the end of the N8 PRP project in 2020.

Dr Cheryl Simmill-Binning was the Research Associate, based at Lancaster University, who carried out the data collection for the project. Cheryl was in touch with the N8 PRP police forces to conduct a range of interviews. The data generated by these interviews with key policing staff was used to develop a survey on training and learning for wider dissemination in the N8 PRP police forces.

The final report on the research findings can be found HERE

For further information about the project contact: Dr Jude Towers (