This presentation discusses the work conducted at Staffordshire University in developing strong collaborations with forensic and policing stakeholders to enhance the student experience and aid employability. This work has led to collaboration with more than a dozen police forces and a multitude of forensic providers and governing bodies. This collaborative practice has had an enormous impact on the development of innovative and inclusive opportunities for students to gain real-world work experience and undertake research projects that have a direct impact upon police policy and process. This work has led to greater student satisfaction, improved graduate employability, increased numbers of good degrees and being a winner for the HEA Collaborative Award for Teaching Excellence 2017.
The aim of this presentation is to describe the overall strategy and approach for developing these opportunities for students, including how these may be integrated into the curriculum and discussing the students’ experience of these experiential learning activities.