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Welcome. This page is specifically for our Police Apprentice cohorts from Surrey, Sussex, and Hampshire forces, being taught through the Police Education Consortium, with Middlesex University as the "Lead Provider".

You are encouraged to view and use the whole of this Student Support Website, but this is a specific page for you, because you will be using the Aptem system from Middlesex University in addition to our normal systems. 

  • Start here: which system does what?

    Aptem holds your Learning Plan and is the system Middlesex use to step you through all aspect of the Apprenticeship. It will also be used by your Force Tutors to control and assess some of your operational competencies. In time it will the system you use to create your portfolio of work - evidence and reflection. Your lecturers and assessors at Cumbria will also use it. It will hold your off the job hours and progress and reviews, and is very important to the Apprenticeship Process. When you onboard into Aptem, you will sign your Commitment Statement and ILR details. See the guide Using Middlesex Aptem

    Blackboard is a Cumbria system which holds all your learning materials and assignments. You'll submit some of your important work through Blackboard, and its associated system, Turnitin. 

    OneSearch is Cumbria's Library system. It holds masses of e-books, journals, resources, and is the system you can use to reserve physical books.

    The Student Hub, or "UoC Hub" is a website (and mobile app if you want to use it on your phone) which is just a one-stop shop which signposts you to all the above systems, and more. It does its best to sign you in automatically to most of the systems you need to use. See this guide

    You also have a Cumbria IT account which has an Email address and a Onedrive cloud storage area. It is "" where the 12345678 is your Cumbria Student Number.

    This website you are in now, "My Cumbria" holds lots of guidance and support for your studies and student life, and also holds all the policies and procedures which are relevant to you. 

  • Your iPad

    Your iPad is there to make life easier while you studying and working at the same time.

    It needs a Pin Code or Passcode, but after activating it you can change the settings to detect your fingerprint, like a smartphone.

    Its quite tightly controlled for security reasons, but has an icon to take you to the Student Hub, from where you can get to all the other systems. This will open up the Student Hub home page in a new browser tab. It may ask you to sign in first time, but will hold your credentials for some time after that.

  • Getting IT Help

    Office hours Helpdesk number: 01228 888888

    Out of hours: NorMan 0330 024 6852 

    Lost devices – notify university immediately

    Damage to your device – contact the Force IT Workshop

    See also this page for more IT related help


  • Getting the best from your searching

    OneSearch is a good place to start your research. However as you progress through your course you will need to develop your searching skills to incorporate other sources.

    Watch the tutorial below for an introduction to searching or access our Finding Information page for more advice.

    How to search

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    Click on the image above or use this link to view the tutorial: How to search tutorial

    You can also sign up to our webinar for guidance on how you can develop your search skills.

  • Library: Eresources and Journals

    We have selected some key eresources and individual journal titles to help you locate relevant material for your subject. Click on the image below to find out more.

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    Eresources allow you to search across multiple sources at one time eg a range of journal articles. Some eresources are subject specific and provide more tailored results.

    In addition to these key eresources you can also explore our full A-Z of eresources.


    criminal_justice_abstracts, criminal justice abstracts logo Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text A comprehensive database including full text and bibliographic records for over 320 criminology journal titles. Subjects include: Criminology, criminal justice, corrections and prisons, criminal investigations, forensic sciences and investigation, substance abuse and addiction, probation and parole. Watch this video to find out more. You may need to log-in with your university username and password. 
    fingermark, fingermark Fingermark visualisation manual The Fingermark Visualisation Manual has been implemented across all UK police forces.
    lexis_library, lexis library logo Lexis+ Try this if you want to find up-to-date legal information, resources and expert opinion from established names such as Butterworths, Tolley and Halsbury’s. Plus specific titles such as Blackstone’s criminal practice. You can get current full text Acts of Parliament and check for latest amendments. Watch this video to find out how to search. 
    policing_insight, policing insight logo Policing Insight A good quality website from CoPaCC bringing together information on governance, management and politics of policing. You will need to register for a free account, but by using your university of Cumbria email address you will get paid for content. See the linked page for details. 
    proquest, proquest logo ProQuest Criminal Justice This is a comprehensive database supporting research on crime, its causes and impacts, legal and social implications, as well as litigation and crime trends. A mix of full-text journals, references, abstracts, reports and conference proceedings. This database allows you to filter your results by location: you will be able to find UK specific results. Watch this video to find out more. You may need to log-in with your university username and password.  
    proquest, proquest logo ProQuest Psychology 540 full text journals from a range of psychology disciplines. This database allows you to filter your results by location: you will be able to find UK specific results.  
    proquest, proquest logo ProQuest Social Science Index and full text access to a range of social science, criminology and other topics. This database allows you to filter your results by location: you will be able to find UK specific results.  
    psycarticles, psyc articles logo PsycArticles  Full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology, from the American Psychological Association (APA). Includes full-text articles from nearly 80 journals, references and abstracts, reports and conference proceedings, trials and reviews.
    sage, sage logo Sage Premier Journals A large multidisciplinary database covering many areas including the social sciences. Includes almost 50 criminology and policing titles, many with a UK focus.
    socindex, socindex logo SocINDEX with Full Text Comprehensive high quality sociology research database. Providing full-text, peer-reviewed sociology journals covering many studies including gender studies, criminal justice, social psychology, racial studies, religion and social work.
    taylor_francis, taylor francis logo Taylor and Francis

    Online access to the full text of individual Taylor and Francis journals to which the university subscribes. In addition, abstracts available for non-University subscribed titles. Topics covered include criminology, policing and social sciences.

    westlaw, westlaw logo Westlaw

    A large, comprehensive legal online service including UK case law, legislation, the Legal Journals Index , some full-text journal articles and a current awareness service. Also includes EU cases and legislation and United States legal sources.


    Individual Journal Titles

    Browse or search inside key journal titles for your subject below. For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.

    dl_journals, cartoon of an orange journal British Journal of Criminology Peer-reviewed. 'The British Journal of Criminology: An International Review of Crime and Society' is one of the world's top criminology journals. It publishes work of the highest quality from around the world and across all areas of criminology.
    Police Journal A peer-reviewed journal that provides a platform in which theory, research and practice come together to advance knowledge in different areas and diverse aspects of policing.
    Police Practice and Research Peer-reviewed. This journal offers current police reseach along with operational and administrative practices from around the world
    Policing a Journal of Policy and Practice Peer-reviewed. A leading policy and practice publication aimed at connecting law enforcement leaders, police researchers, analysts and policy makers.
    Policing and Society Peer-reviewed. A leading international academic journal specialising in the study of policing institutions and their practices. It is concerned with all aspects of how policing articulates and animates the social contexts in which it is located. 
    Psychology Crime and Law Psychology, Crime & Law promotes the study and application of psychological approaches to crime, criminal and civil law, and the influence of law on behavior. 
    Punishment and Society Punishment and Society is an international, interdisciplinary, peer reviewed journal that publishes the highest quality original research and scholarship dealing with punishment, penal institutions and penal control. 
  • Library: Web links for your subject

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    BAILLII Access to freely available British and Irish public legal information
    British Society of Criminology Includes links to conference information, networks, regional groups, research and lists jobs in the field of criminology. Some content for members of the society only. 

    Cardiff Index of Legal abbreviations

    Look up abbreviations for sources (as used in legal referencing eg. case law)

    Centre for Crime and Justice Studies

    Access to publications and news about crime. The centre for crime and justice studies is independent and non-partisan.

    College of Policing APP

    Authorised professional practice page of the College of Policing. Information on many different specialist areas including armed policing, counter terrorism and investigation.

    Crown Prosecution Service

    The Crown Prosecution Service is the Government Department responsible for prosecuting criminal cases investigated by the police in England and Wales. Useful site with up to date information, news and guidance on legal documents.

    Full Fact

    Full Fact are an independent factchecking charity. They aim to check claims made by politicians, the media and pressure groups, and stop misinformation spreading by pressing for corrections.

    Hampshire Constabulary

    Local constabulary website for Hampshire Constabulary. 


    Official report of all parliamentary debates

    The Home Office

    Includes links to policy information, statistics, firearms, Government publications and regulations.

    House of Commons Library

    Website from the House of Commons library focusing on policing related matters. 

    The Ministry of Justice

    A ministerial department supported by agencies and public bodies working to create a responsive criminal justice system.

    Office for National Statistics (ONS)

    An independent producer or official statistics for the UK. Look under the People, Populations and Community tab for information on crime and justice.  


    The local area crime and policing site - providing helpful links to local crime statistics, neighbourhood watch, Crimestoppers, and UK police force area websites.

    Society of Evidence Based Policing

    A society of police officers, police staff and research professionals aiming to improve policing with an evidence-based approach. 


    A collection of official statistic and statistical databases.

    Surrey Police

    Local constabulary website for Surrey Police. 

    Sussex Police

    Local constabulary website for Sussex Police. 
  • Getting Library and Student Services help

    Help and AdviceLink
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    If you are experiencing any problems accessing eresources, check our troubleshooting guide for advice.

    Accessing Online Resources
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    If you are experiencing problems logging into a resource, try resetting your university password using the MFA Password Reset Tool.

    If the problem persists, please contact the IT Service Desk (

    MFA Password Reset 
    dl_step, cartoon icon of info symbol The Student Enquiry Point is a new, simpler way to contact Student Services. Using the Student Enquiry Point tile on the Student Hub you can submit an enquiry relating to the wide range of services provided by Student Services. Student Hub



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