Detective Chief Inspector and Senior Investigating Officer from South Wales Police studies a Master’s course in Professional Practice to further his career.


A Detective Chief Inspector and Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) from South Wales Police is studying a Master’s course in Professional Practice with the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research (WAPPAR) as a way to further his career.

Dean Llewellyn stands on rocks at the edge of a sea under blue sky.

Dean Llewellyn from Swansea wanted to develop within his area of professional practice, and also wanted to gain academic credit for the learning that he had undertaken within his profession. The Learning and Development Department in South Wales Police recommended the Master’s course in Professional Practice at UWTSD would be suitable for him.

Dean said: “The course has had a significantly positive effect on my professional development. I have gained invaluable strategic leadership and management insights, as well as an increased ability to plan and maximise my own professional development. I have also been able to utilise the learning by positively influencing my staff, colleagues, and partner agencies within often challenging and complex Criminal Investigation and safeguarding arenas.”

During his studies, Dean has been promoted in his work, and he attributes his success to the learning that he has achieved whilst studying at UWTSD. He praised the support that he’s received from the tutors, stating that nothing has been too much trouble for them, despite the challenges presented by the Covid-19 pandemic.  

Dean added: “I have seen myself developing significantly in a number of areas; particularly in respect of my confidence in my professional knowledge and academic ability. I would also say that the studies have enabled me to find my ‘academic voice’; and as a result, I am now able to confidently articulate strategic thoughts and ideas, whereas prior to the course I might not have had the confidence to do so within certain forums.”

Sarah Loxdale, a lecturer from the Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research (WAPPAR) said: “Dean has been able to draw upon his extensive career at South Wales Police in order to gain credit for the learning he has acquired whilst working. Balancing study with work is challenging and Dean has shown great commitment to his studies, and we are delighted that he has gained a promotion during this time.”  

As Dean continues to complete his Master’s course, he hopes to help others to develop and maximise their potential as well, by using the skills that he’s learnt so far. After Dean finishes his course, he intends to further his academic and professional development towards senior command within the Police Service.

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