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Lee Smith

Lee is a Military Policeman and completed his studies through online distance learning.

Lee Smith

BSc (Hons) Policing and Investigation (Distance Learning)

'I am responsible for investigating serious and complex crime and misconduct within the Armed Forces, both in the UK and whilst on military operations, such as Afghanistan.'

Why Teesside?

I studied the course part-time alongside my work. I’ve worked with the Royal Military Police for 15 years – I am a Military Policeman and a member of the Special Investigation Branch. My role broadly means I am responsible for investigating serious and complex crime and misconduct within the Armed Forces, both in the UK and whilst on military operations, such as Afghanistan.

Tell us about your course

I found the course very interesting. The topic on genocide was of particular interest to me and I wrote my assignment on the Holocaust as I have a deep interest in the history of World War II.

The online learning resources at Teesside University provided flexibility to study anywhere and at any time. The interface was simple to use and presented in a logical and convenient structure. Whilst studying, I travelled a lot for work which meant nights away and inconsistent working hours. The Army was very supportive and access to the online materials was always very easy.

What have you done since graduating?

After graduating, I was accepted into the University of St Andrews to study MLitt Terrorism and Political Violence and I’m currently finishing the postgraduate certificate element.

I still work in the military police full-time and continuing to study allows me to showcase my professional development within my organisation. In the future, after my service, I hope to move into the Counter Terrorism field, specialising in cyber and physical security.

Did your time at Teesside University help you to achieve or get closer to your goals?

Yes, my time at Teesside helped me to get closer to my goals. With only seven years left before I leave the forces, my studies have provided me with the preparation required to seek a second career post-military. I had no intention of studying at postgraduate level, but studying at Teesside helped me to realise my passion for learning and personal development.