Research Team

We have received a University of Northampton Learning Enhancement and Innovation Bid 2019-20 to explore the impact of virtual reality technology on knowledge uptake and retention of information for criminology and criminal justice students and Police Constable Degree Apprentice (PCDA) students. 

Damian Hiscocks

Senior Lecturer

Damian joined the Police in 1993 and served in Kent, Hertfordshire, Surrey and Northamptonshire. He worked in Response, Neighbourhoods, Custody and Training/Regional Police Training. Last Police Role was Core Skills Training Sergeant looking after all new Police Constables, Special Constable and Police Community Support Officers. 

In 2015 he left to become a Paramedic student and qualified in 2017. Damian worked as an Ambulance Paramedic for East Midlands Ambulance Service. He is currently a Senior Lecturer at the University of Northampton in charge of running the Police Constable Degree Apprentice Program. 

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Jessica Ritchie


Jessica holds a Bachelor of Laws, Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice with Honours (Class I) from Griffith University, and a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Queensland University of Technology. In 2013 Jessica was admitted as a solicitor in the Supreme Court of Queensland. She is currently a criminology and criminal justice lecturer at the University of Northampton and teaches on the Police Constable Degree Apprentice Program. 

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