Studying for a Master’s in Professional Practice at UWTSD helps Detective Chief Inspector achieve his career goals


Dean Llewellyn, Detective Chief Inspector at South Wales Police will graduate with a Master’s in Professional Practice from the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) this summer. He credits the course for helping to further his career.

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

He has spent the past three years studying at the University’s Wales Academy for Professional Practice and Applied Research (WAPPAR) and says the support received has helped him to progress within the police force.

 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 use 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 was promoted to his current role and attributes this success to the confidence and knowledge he has gained since joining the University.

“I have seen myself developing significantly in a number of areas; particularly in respect of my confidence in my professional knowledge and academic ability,” he said. “My 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.”

Dean said he wanted to inspire others in similar circumstances to consider a return to learning.

“It can be challenging, and you need to be disciplined when it comes to juggling your studies with your family and your job, but it is possible,” he said.

“The support you receive from the lecturers enables you to achieve. They are friendly and always on hand to help with any questions. That support is invaluable.”

Dean is now considering staying on at UWTSD to study for his Doctor of Professional Practice (DProf).

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.”  

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