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Security Studies: Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / Masters

Providing a solid grasp of the multitude of problems facing the international community today

Starts: 13th September 2021 / Application Deadline: 3rd September 2021

Sir Jon Murphy joined Merseyside Police as a Cadet in January 1975. Following early uniform roles he went on to an almost 20 year unbroken career as a detective, rising to the rank of Detective Superintendent SIO before returning to uniform duties as Force Operations Manager.   

After spending three years with the National Crime Squad he returned to Merseyside Police in 2004 as Deputy Chief Constable, subsequently being chosen to lead the Ministerial Task Force Tackling Gangs Action Programme (TGAP) and acting as the ACPO National Serious & Organised Crime Coordinator. He was appointed Chief Constable of Merseyside Police in 2010. Sir Jon has been commended on 14 occasions and was awarded a Queen's Police Medal in 2007 as well as a Knighthood in 2014 as part of Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours.

He is a former SIO and Head of Intelligence who has performed the role of Gold Command during a counter terrorist operation. He is retained as a policing advisor to Government and in 2017, following a 'lone-wolf' terrorist attack on Parliament tragically resulting in the death of a police officer, he conducted a review of security at the Palace of Westminster.

Dr Nick Ridley was a Criminal Intelligence Analyst at the Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Branch, and then at Europol. At Europol, he was attached to the Anti-Terrorist Unit where he was engaged in operational analysis on the financing of terrorism. He was seconded to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Nick holds two PhDs; one from Southampton and another from London Metropolitan University. He is the author of three books covering terrorist finance (2012), terrorism in East and West Africa (2014) and most recently, Michael Collins and the Financing of Violent Political Struggle (2018).

Dr Daniel Silverstone is the Director of the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. Previously he was Head of the John Grieve Centre and Criminology at London Metropolitan University, and before this he was a Principal Lecturer at the University of Portsmouth. He has conducted research for multiple funding bodies including the Foreign Commonwealth office and the Home Office. His specific interest is in the incidence and policing of organised crime, where he has published extensively.

Dr Helen Selby-Fell held the role of Head of Corporate Analysis at Merseyside Police for over ten years, and most recently held the role of Director of Commissioning & Research at the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for Merseyside prior to joining Liverpool John Moores University as a Senior Lecturer in 2017.

Helen was recently awarded her PhD from the Applied Criminology Centre at the University of Huddersfield, with her doctoral research Embedding Evidence Based Practice: A Case Study Exploring Challenges & Opportunities. Helen is Programme and Module Leader for Evidence-Based Practice and Advanced Research Methods. Helen also has an MSc in Investigative Psychology from the University of Liverpool, and teaches Policing and Forensic Psychology, Multi-Agency Partnerships and various postgraduate courses.

Peter Williams is currently a Lecturer in Policing at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. Prior to working in higher education full-time, he served as a Police Officer with Merseyside Police, retiring as an Inspector in 2005. He then became a Senior Lecturer in Policing at Teesside University and during that time delivered policing programmes to West Mercia Police, the Royal Military and RAF Police, and the Rwandan National Police. He has written on policing, criminal justice and terrorism, and is a regular contributor to global media on the subjects of policing and terrorism.

Dr Rex Li is Reader in International Relations at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. He worked as a correspondent and editor for several magazines and newspapers before joining academia. He has also been a news commentator for the BBC World Service. A specialist in international relations and security affairs, Rex holds a PhD from the University of Sheffield, UK, and for many years Rex has lectured regularly at the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom. Rex is currently Project Director of the East Asian Security and Peace Project, which seeks to analyse the changing security dynamics in East Asia within the context of the global economic and strategic environment. He is the author of multiple articles, chapters and books exploring security in the Asia-Pacific region.

Dr Ian Stanier, Senior Lecturer at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies, was the UK’s HUMINT lead for counter-terrorism policing, and an advisor to HM Government's Home Office on the review of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, the primary legal provision for covert policing in the UK. He has been responsible for the development of specialist intelligence in numerous operational arenas including serious crime, prisons, local communities, public order events, domestic extremism and counter-terrorism.

He has reviewed and developed policy on the National Intelligence Model, National Informant practice and Prison Intelligence Officer practice. He has led on prison debriefing programs, most recently in the Far East (August 2018), the enhancement of counter-terrorism tactics, and informant training nationally and internationally, including workshops in the Middle East, and West Africa for counter-terrorism and corrections leaders. His Doctorate examined information-sharing pathologies and intelligence failures between 2004 and 2013. His most recent publication was on the use of psychological research to inform intelligence elicitation techniques. His research interests include community intelligence, HUMINT, covert policing, intelligence elicitation techniques and evidence-based policing in an intelligence context. He chairs the NPCC Intelligence Practice Research Consortium.