Ms Sara Ward LLB PGPLT FHEA, Quality Expert for the Police College in Qatar & Senior Lecturer in Law

Sara Ward joined the University in 2004 as a senior lecturer in law, specialising in human rights and public & constitutional law.

In this role, Sara has presented at human rights conferences on the right to life, assisted dying and women and the Human Rights Act. Sara also regularly reviews publications for Oxford University Press, Routledge and Pearson, along with numerous unattributed contributions.

Role for the Institute

On behalf of the International Policing and Justice Institute, Sara is currently on secondment to the Police College in Qatar, working as their Quality Expert. The role includes designing and implementing quality assurance and enhancement protocols at the College.

Sara is also actively involved in the initial development and strategic planning for the new National Police Academy of Qatar, which could see her initial 9-month appointment extended for up to 3 years, allowing Sara to be involved with the project through to completion.

Core experience

Before being seconded to the Police College in Qatar, Sara had been responsible for the design, validation and management of a number of foundation and honours degrees, and top-up courses, offered at various partner institutions. These included:

  • FdA Criminal Justice (Human Rights and Policing)
  • FdSc Criminal Justice (Security and Forensic Criminology)
  • BA (Hons) Criminal Justice (Human Rights) Top-Up, delivered in the UK
  • BA (Hons) Law Top-Up at BAC Bangladesh.

Sara was also involved with the design of the LLM in Bangladesh.

Professional background

Prior to joining the University of Derby, Sara gained a wide range of management experience working for a variety of private sector companies and third sector organisations across the UK. Sara’s skills also encompass advertising and graphic design, and she has also worked as a braille transcriber.

Sara’s transition from the corporate world to higher education was the result of her decision to change the direction of her career. Sara enrolled on a law degree at the University of Derby in 1998, and in 2002, she graduated with a First Class Honours degree.

After taking a year out she re-joined the University as an associate lecturer before being appointed as a full-time member of the academic staff. 

With a background in the corporate sector, combined with her academic experience, Sara brings a broader business perspective to the Institute. Her business-led perspective complements the skills and experience of her colleagues, many of whom are former serving police officers.

Views on the Institute 

The benefits

For Sara, the International Policing and Justice Institute offers significant benefits, including the co-ordination of a distinct and growing body of knowledge and expertise. As a focused, independent organisation, the Institute enables former practitioners and academics to work together to promote and drive forward world-class police education — with the overall aim of professionalising policing across the globe.

Sara also recognises the importance of the Institute when looking to work with overseas policing organisations. It provides one clearly-defined point of contact for a wide range of police training and accreditation, which many other UK universities simply cannot offer.

Furthermore, the independent nature of the Institute gives it the freedom to respond to the individual demands of prospective partner organisations, who often demand a highly tailored response.

The Institute simplifies what could otherwise be a complex process and enables partner organisations’ requirements to be fast-tracked, rather than being lost in inter-departmental bureaucracy.

The Institute can also guarantee that the services delivered across the globe are consistently high because everyone is working to the same standards. It is this independence and ability to co-ordinate a diverse range of services that makes the Institute stand out from other universities and institutions around the world.

Policing as a profession

The perception of police education amongst the Institute’s staff is also important. For many UK universities policing is still regarded as a vocation, whereas the International Policing and Justice Institute at Derby treats policing as a profession and it has recognised, as a result of globalisation, that modern policing needs to meet the highest standards of professionalism and accountability.

Drawing on her own background, Sara sees that there is an increasing awareness of human rights issues regarding policing and how police services are delivered, which also has to be addressed.

With the Institute's ability to draw together a diverse range of knowledge and experience available through one single organisation, it has already become the only UK provider that can offer such expertise in all areas of policing and criminal justice – both from an academic and practical work-based learning perspective. 

It is at the forefront of developing real life policing skills and work-based learning, underpinned with academic excellence and extensive research, which ensures that everyone who is trained by the Institute is extremely well-prepared for their career in policing and criminal justice.

Portrait of the Quality Expert for the Police College in Qatar, Ms Sara Ward With a background in the corporate sector, combined with her academic experience, Sara brings a broader business perspective to the Institute. Her business-led perspective complements the skills and experience of her colleagues, many of whom are former serving police officers.