Andy Marsh Awarded Honorary Doctorate of Laws


The University of the West of England (UWE Bristol) has awarded the College of Policing’s CEO Andy Marsh with an honorary Doctorate of Laws for his commitment towards the education and professional development of future officers both through his work at Avon and Somerset and also through his work at the College of Policing. He will receive this award alongside the policing graduates at a graduation ceremony at Bristol Cathedral on 27 July.  

Andy has been instrumental in shaping the future of policing in Bristol as Chief Constable of Avon and Somerset Police where he led the force with introducing recognition for new recruits through the Policing Education Qualifications Framework (PEQF) entry routes.

In turn, Andy supported the development of a robust, ambitious and well-crafted partnership with UWE Bristol, to deliver accredited police training, which continues to go from strength to strength. For example, Avon and Somerset’s Police Constable Degree Apprenticeship (PCDA) programme, which partners with UWE Bristol to deliver academic classroom-based theory and learning, has just been ranked 75th in the Department of Education’s Top 100 Apprenticeship Providers list, in recognition of the outstanding commitment to apprentices.

As well as recognising Andy’s work towards the commitment of the education and professional development of future and serving officers, this honorary doctorate recognises Andy’s long service in supporting and serving the communities of Bristol and the wider region.  

Andy Marsh, CEO of the College of Policing, said: “It’s a real honour to be recognised for this doctorate, and especially to be receiving it alongside the policing graduates who are the future of the service and have worked incredibly hard to reach this milestone in their careers. 

“I have many warm memories from my time as a police officer and latterly Chief Constable in Avon and Somerset, so to be receiving this award in a city which means so much to me is very special. As crime adapts and advances alongside the modern world, education and professional development is essential in ensuring a service that is not only capable, but also innovative in the ways we tackle crime and keep the public protected.”  

Professor Sir Steve West, UWE Bristol Vice Chancellor, said: “As one of the most senior figures in British policing, Andy Marsh is making important strategic decisions which have the potential to shape its future for many years to come. Importantly, his leadership is underpinned by a strong personal ethos: he leads with empathy, probity, and pragmatism. His values-based leadership approach to this vital work aligns with our own values here at UWE Bristol; as such, we are proud to confer this honorary degree on him for his continued and exceptional public service.”

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