Partnership promises Mitie opportunities for University of Northampton students

The University of Northampton’s Criminal and Corporate Investigations team has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Mitie, the facilities management and intelligence-led security business. This MoU will forge closer links between industry experts and academics at the university in order to enhance the student experience for all those learning on the Criminal and Corporate Investigations Programme.

The business community is swiftly evolving its response to crime and corporate criminality, with many large organisations now developing their in-house capability with dedicated corporate investigations teams, or otherwise tendering these services to specialist advisors such as Mitie.

For its part, the University of Northampton’s Criminal and Corporate Investigations Programme has been specifically developed to create the skilled, graduate level investigation professionals needed to manage these corporate crime risks in the security sector.

Thanks to this MoU between Mitie and the university, academia and industry will partner on cutting-edge research into criminality and criminal trends. As well as using industry experts to continually develop the academic curriculum to ensure that it reflects the latest security risks and criminal techniques, the course will enhance the number of opportunities for students to work with industry as part of their course.

The partnership between the University of Northampton and Mitie will be managed through Mitie’s Northampton-based Global Security Operations Centre (GSOC). At the forefront of intelligence and technology-led security, the GSOC is staffed around the clock by highly-skilled security specialists, all of them monitoring for potential threats and security risks for clients around the world.

The GSOC experts will support the Criminal and Corporate Investigations Programme by providing course-relevant presentations and offering work experience opportunities for students, as well as sharing their experiences at Open Days and Careers Fairs with the ultimate aim of attracting potential new recruits from the course.

Deter, detect, disrupt

John Fox, himself a former police detective with over 25 years’ experience and course leader at the University of Northampton, said: “We live in changing times where criminals are developing their capabilities quickly. Our partnership with Mitie will enhance the way in which universities and the business community, alongside our partners in law enforcement, can work together to develop our capabilities to deter, detect and disrupt criminality. Our students graduate with a sound theoretical grounding. Working more closely with Mitie, they will have more hands-on, industry relevant experience during their studies.”

Jason Towse

Jason Towse

The Criminal and Corporate Investigations Degree Programme develops skills in an applied context in interview techniques, the law surrounding investigations and cyber crime, alongside a detailed understanding of the importance of securing admissible evidence, crime scene management and preparing for criminal justice proceedings. This expert academic knowledge, combined with the new industry partnership and insights, will enhance the employable skills of Northampton graduates.

Jason Towse, managing director of Mitie Security, told Risk Xtra: “Ensuring that we have new talent with fresh thinking and innovative ideas plays a critical role in keeping the UK, and Mitie, at the forefront of the global security industry. We look forward to sharing our expertise and helping to develop the next generation of security experts in partnership with the University of Northampton.”

As well as working with students and shaping course content, Mitie’s employees will also benefit from the academic expertise and education opportunities offered by the University of Northampton. The institution will make academic staff available to teach modules to Mitie’s GSOC employees.

About the Author
Brian Sims BA (Hons) Hon FSyI, Editor, Risk UK (Pro-Activ Publications) Beginning his career in professional journalism at The Builder Group in March 1992, Brian was appointed Editor of Security Management Today in November 2000 having spent eight years in engineering journalism across two titles: Building Services Journal and Light & Lighting. In 2005, Brian received the BSIA Chairman’s Award for Promoting The Security Industry and, a year later, the Skills for Security Special Award for an Outstanding Contribution to the Security Business Sector. In 2008, Brian was The Security Institute’s nomination for the Association of Security Consultants’ highly prestigious Imbert Prize and, in 2013, was a nominated finalist for the Institute's George van Schalkwyk Award. An Honorary Fellow of The Security Institute, Brian serves as a Judge for the BSIA’s Security Personnel of the Year Awards and the Securitas Good Customer Award. Between 2008 and 2014, Brian pioneered the use of digital media across the security sector, including webinars and Audio Shows. Brian’s actively involved in 50-plus security groups on LinkedIn and hosts the popular Risk UK Twitter site. Brian is a frequent speaker on the conference circuit. He has organised and chaired conference programmes for both IFSEC International and ASIS International and has been published in the national media. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk UK at Pro-Activ Publications in July 2014 and as Editor of The Paper (Pro-Activ Publications' dedicated business newspaper for security professionals) in September 2015. Brian was appointed Editor of Risk Xtra at Pro-Activ Publications in May 2018.

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