Ann Minton - Our experts - University of Derby

Ms Ann Minton BSc MMedEd J.P, Lead for Academic Partnerships

Ann Minton has a pivotal role at the Institute, being the College Lead for Academic Partnerships, with oversight of all the academic partnerships that exist within the College of Law, Humanities and Social Sciences.

Her role includes managing the partnerships with local colleges of further education running foundation degrees in criminal justice, which are aimed at vocationally-oriented students who want to work in the criminal justice sector, including police, security and offender management.

Core experience

Ann is a university principal tutor in work-based learning, with particular expertise in the field of higher education and ensuring that it is relevant to the workplace.

Before moving over to work with the Institute, Ann worked with the University of Derby’s corporate clients to help develop their workforce — either by designing bespoke programmes or working with companies to accredit their in-company work-based learning courses.

Her work on the accreditation of in-company programmes by the University of Derby, for clients including Waterstones, Tata Steel and Croda International, is at the forefront of the learning and development arena. Companies are starting to recognise the added value that university accredited training programmes offer to their staff.

Ann also works with the company to use real work activity as a basis for assessment. This not only provides evidence of the students’ learning, but enables companies to evaluate the impact of courses — both in terms of skills and knowledge gained and value for money.

Professional background

Ann originally trained in London as a radiographer, where her experience of work-based learning began. This interest developed when specialising, initially, in medical ultrasound and specifically with assisted conception.

Ann has maintained her professional registration and continues to work in clinical practice on a part-time basis. Since 2000, Ann has been a magistrate in Nottinghamshire, acting as Court Chairman in both adult criminal and family courts.

Current projects

In her current role within the Institute, Ann manages the College’s partnerships as well as looking for new partnership opportunities. She is also responsible for quality assurance relating to the partnerships, which builds on her skills and expertise gained whilst working with her corporate partners.

Ann is the UK-based Project Manager for the contract with the Royal Malaysia Police, which is her largest single contract. 

Future projects 

With Ann’s ability to establish, maintain and develop new partnerships, the Institute will be opening new links with a growing number of countries, which will in turn open up new areas for research, including:

  • cyber crime
  • fraud
  • intelligence gathering, and
  • police leadership.

The result of this activity will help to underpin the Institute's main purpose: to make policing much more effective by sharing global best practice.

Portrait of Ann Minton, Lead for Academic Partnerships In her current role within the Institute, Ann manages the College’s partnerships as well as looking for new partnership opportunities. She is also responsible for quality assurance relating to the partnerships, which builds on her skills and expertise gained whilst working with her corporate partners.