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University of Bolton receives psychology programme award

07 March 2018

The BSc (Hons) Criminological and Forensic Psychology Programme (CFP) at the University of Bolton wins the 2017 Award for Innovation in Psychology Programmes.

This award is given to accredited courses that are particularly innovative and creative in their design or delivery by the Education & Public Engagement Board (EPEB)

The EPEB panel were particularly impressed with the programme’s memorandum of understanding with Greater Manchester Police and the opportunity this brings for practical learning, especially through the Student Restorative Justice Panel and Project Chameleon.

The Student Restorative Justice Panel is the country’s first known student university restorative justice panel, run in parallel with the CFP.

Through applying criminological research, students can support others to repair the harm caused. This learning experience, enhances their professional practice, allows for effective skills development and provides supervision and ongoing training; producing critical practitioners.

The CFP team has built partnerships with Global Policing and developed opportunities for psychological input into Project Chameleon. This is a ten-week course delivered to year five students in local schools to raise their understanding of crime and encourage them to think about their behaviour. Students support the delivery by applying their psychological knowledge in the classroom, to help local school children implement positive change in their community.

Dr Gill Allen, the Programme Lead for the CFP said:

“I am delighted to accept the innovation award for the BSc (Hons) Criminological and Forensic Psychology programme at the University of Bolton. We strive to bring criminological and forensic psychology to life away from the classroom, through the array of innovative and practical learning opportunities afforded to our students.

Our close working relationship with the police, the establishment of our very own student restorative justice panel and opportunities to work alongside forensic services within school settings really help our students consolidate their theoretical learning, ensuring they are well placed for future employment”.

Ella Rhodes will be interviewing Dr Allen for a future article in The Psychologist.

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