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Counter-Terrorism Studies: Postgraduate Certificate / Postgraduate Diploma / Masters

Study global security issues facing the international community by distance education with Liverpool John Moores University

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

Online Learning

Dr Paul Burke is an intelligence and counter-terrorism professional with 30 years of strategic experience in managing the intelligence and security domain primarily within UK government. Holding a Doctorate in Policing, Security & Community Safety and an MA in Intelligence Studies, he previously worked as UK National Intelligence Advisor on counter-terrorism within Iraq’s Ministry of Interior in Baghdad (2004-06), and as UK National Intelligence Mentor on Counter-Narcotics in Kabul (2007–2009). He is currently the Senior Researcher on the Terrorism and Collective Moral Responsibility project.

Brian McNeill QPM is the Head of the Continuous Professional Development Department at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Policing Studies. He retired from Merseyside Police in 2011 after 30 years of service. His last position with the force was Detective Chief Superintendent, Head of Crime, prior to which he was Head of Intelligence, Special Branch and Scientific Support.

Since retirement he has been a Staff Officer to the National Policing Crime Business Area and more recently a member of the National Police Chiefs Council National Coordination Team for all police forces in relation to the Public Inquiry into Undercover Policing. Brian has been commended on 22 occasions and was awarded the Queens Police Medal in 2011.

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.

Dr Tim Parsons served as a Chief Inspector in the City of London Police. For the last six years of his police career he worked as Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights, and on leaving the police after 30 years he joined academia as a Senior Lecturer in Policing and Criminology at the John Grieve Centre for Policing and Community Safety, London Metropolitan University. He is the author of several publications exploring the role of community policing in counter-terrorism operations. Over the last three years he has been developing and delivering education programmes and providing police reform advice in Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Georgia and Armenia.

Sir Jon Murphy QPM 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.

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 Adrian James is Reader in Police Studies at the Liverpool Centre for Advanced Police Studies and a former Scotland Yard detective. Awarded his Doctorate by the London School of Economics for a study into the origins and development of intelligence-led policing, Adrian has published extensively on investigative policy and practice. His publications include a research monograph on the UK’s National Intelligence Model, which commonly is viewed as the template for intelligence-led policing models that have emerged around the world. He maintains strong links with the policing institution through his research and consultancy work and recently completed a study for the UK’s College of Policing into ‘what works’ in police intelligence practice.

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.

Dr Nick Ridley, the programme leader, is a senior lecturer in Policing and Security. He was a criminal intelligence analyst for over 22 years, firstly at the Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard, working in various departments including Special Branch and the Anti-Terrorist Branch, and then at Europol, the EU law enforcement agency in The Hague. At both Scotland Yard and Europol, he specialised in organised crime
from south east Europe and financial crime.  As part of his university duties, he is a guest lecturer at the NATO Centre of Excellence - Defence against Terrorism in Ankara, Turkey and has given intelligence training to police in Kigali, Rwanda and Abu Dhabi. He is the author of Terrorist Financing: the Failure of Counter Measures, published in 2012 and of a second book, Terrorism in East and West Africa - the Underfocussed Dimension (to be published in 2015).