Criminology graduate turns practical experience into qualifications

Peter Doyle

Retired Detective Chief Inspector Peter Doyle will today (Tuesday 10 January), be proudly receiving his Master’s degree in Applied Criminal Justice and Criminology at the Swansea University Winter Degree Ceremony, after studiously turning his practical experience into theory.

Peter, aged 52 from Kenfig, near Porthcawl had forged a successful 30 year career in the police. Retiring as a Detective Chief Inspector and Senior Investigating Officer in 2015 he had specialised in Homicide and Serious Crime Investigation and has an extensive background in Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE) investigation.

Having experienced the practical side of criminal investigation and policing Peter wanted to explore a more academic study of Criminology – to couple the practical and the theory.

Peter came to Swansea University with no formal qualifications but brought a wealth of real-life experience to lectures and seminars. Throughout the course he was extremely keen, had excellent attendance and approached the work with a fantastic attitude.

Commenting about his experience at Swansea University Peter said: “The course was challenging for me as I do not possess a first degree – a particular challenge was writing in an academic style.

“I overcame the challenges by applying practice and more practice – plus support from those within the College and my family. I believe the key is not worrying about every mistake you make but learning from them instead.

“I chose Swansea University because it has an excellent reputation for criminology studies and I also worked in Swansea for many years as a police officer.

“It was a great honour to meet people on my course from such a wide spectrum and of all ages – this was very inspiring, I was made to feel welcome by everyone involved.

“My advice to others considering undertaking this course is that a Master’s Degree is hard work, and anyone undertaking such a degree will have ups and downs along the way. The most important message is to keep going, completing little steps some days and larger ones on other days, but above all believe in yourself and keep going!

“There were times when I doubted myself and on reflection this is normal and moreover a part of the process, having completed the MA, I now wonder what I can do next – that’s what learning does for you, it has been a fantastic experience, and has given me the confidence to continue to aspire!”