Business Student Wins Award for Police Research

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A Business and Accountancy graduate from the University of Worcester has won an award after carrying out a piece of research into the progression of women in the police force.

Victoria Clark’s research was conducted as part of the Shared Police & Higher Education Research & Enterprise (SPHERE), which is a partnership between the University of Worcester and West Mercia Police.

SPHERE was developed to enable research and consultancy to be carried out for West Mercia Police to enhance its operational effectiveness.

Victoria’s research earned her the SPHERE Prize, an annual award given for the best piece of research carried out under the partnership. She was awarded £300 at the University’s annual graduation dinner.

Victoria, aged 22, from Norwich, said: “I was really surprised but happy to win the award. I understand that my research will now be used by West Mercia.”

Annie De Laurier, Specialist HR Services Manager at West Mercia Police, added: “There were some very good quality research projects submitted by the University of Worcester students involved with SPHERE. This research partnership benefits the force in better understanding some important issues and the students by gaining insights into the working world of business, which hopefully will help them in their careers.

“Victoria’s research approach and final report was of a particularly high standard. She has helped the force better understand what deters women when applying for promotion and the importance of balancing work/life issues, particularly for officers. She also identified areas for further research and this is being taken forward by another student.”