Prof. Michael Mulqueen

Professor of Policing and National Security; Head of the School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

School of Forensic and Applied Sciences

Maudland Building, MB52

+44 (0) 1772 89 4338

Subject Areas: Criminology and Policing

I am a research active, student focussed educational leader and serving senior police officer (Cheshire Constabulary), fully committed to maximising student employability on graduation from our school, to ensuring an excellent, safe experience for students while here, to providing to the highly qualified people who comprise my subject teams a fulfilling, inclusive and inspiring working environment, and to personally living out UCLan’s values of Common Sense, Compassion, Teamwork, Attention to Detail and Trust.

Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • College of Policing
  • Police Superintendents Association

Social Media: @UCLanSFIS

Full Profile

Driving me in my professional life since first graduating from university in 1992 has been a yearning to help ensure better policing and security. Initially, I pursued this ‘vocation’ as a journalist specialising in the reporting of crime, defence and national security through the media of print, radio and television and, along the way, was privileged to receive Ireland’s Radio Journalist of the Year award.

My doctorate, for which I studied at the Dublin European Institute at University College Dublin under Professor Ben Tonra, and early career research focussed upon Ireland’s national security. The themes of police reform, transparency and accountability featured prominently in this phase of my work, as they did in my previous journalism. In this period I was fortunate to be chosen by the Irish Research Council as a Government of Ireland Scholar, to publish my first monograph on Manchester University Press and to publish journal articles with Contemporary Security Policy, Irish Studies in International Affairs, The Irish Criminal Law Journal, Irish Political Studies and others.

Following early career positions at the National University of Ireland, Galway, University College Cork and the University of Limerick, I joined Liverpool Hope University as an associate professor and head of department. In this period – in which I broadened out my work to questions of how people and organisations in security go about innovating - I advised the Irish Navy’s senior command team on its transformational goal of becoming the smartest, most innovative small navy in the world.

Subsequently, on promotion to full professor, it was my privilege to found and direct a university research centre focussed on the ethical innovation challenges emerging from police use of big data for intelligence. I provided the executive academic leadership of the UK Intelligence Futures Group (IFG), a body which the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) established to place innovation and ethics as drivers for intelligence gathering and analysis in a digital age. I sat on the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) National Intelligence Model and Intelligence Innovation Working Groups and was expert advisor to the National Lead for Digital Intelligence and Investigation. Establishing the UK’s first ‘direct entry’ Executive MA programme for law enforcement officers without previous academic qualifications, who sought to better understand the implications on society of their intelligence-focussed work, was a particular highlight.

In my role at UCLan, which I commenced in April 2018, I have overall responsibility for a school comprising a vibrant body of students pursuing undergraduate and postgraduate courses from within the broad menu of exciting subjects we offer, ranging from Policing and Forensic Science through to Archaeology, Geography, and Biology as well as associated fields. Teaching our students are academic teams comprising research active scholars and scholars whose expertise reflects many years of experience in industry and services, including police. Our reputation for workplace-relevant teaching, research and knowledge exchange with industry is strong and growing; it contributes to our students’ abilities to find rewarding employment upon graduation from our undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It is an immense personal and professional privilege to hold my Chair and occupy the Head of School role: the brief summary profile captures the essence of my objectives and I would welcome any comments, queries or suggestions as to how I can do a better job in achieving them.

I serve as a superintendent on the senior command team of Cheshire Police Special Constabulary. I also serve within the Local Policing Command Team and, prior to my current appointment, was Local Policing Superintendent. Previously, it was my pleasure to serve in Leicestershire Police, where my last appointment was as superintendent for response policing. My current unique arrangement whereby I both serve as an academic leader and senior police officer is intended to provide to our students, teams and partners and the police service reassurance that the importance of workplace skills, research and teaching are each positioned at the highest level of our school.


Bunnik A., Cawley, C., Mulqueen, M. and A. Zwitter (2016) Big Data Challenges: Society, Security, Innovation and Ethics, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Mulqueen, M., Sanders, D. and I. Speller (2014) Small Navies: Strategy and Policy for Small Navies in War and Peace, Farnham: Ashgate.

Mulqueen, M. (2009) ‘Securing the state with soldier spies: evaluating the risks of using military personnel to gather surveillance evidence in Ireland’, Irish Studies in International Affairs, 20 (2009), 121-41. 

Mulqueen, M. (2009) Re-evaluating Irish National Security: affordable threats? Manchester: Manchester University Press.