Coventry University develops counter fraud online courses with City of London Police

Coventry University and the City of London Police have partnered to develop a series of online short courses to train police officers across the UK and learners around the globe to combat sophisticated financial and banking fraudsters.

The courses, which are available on the FutureLearn platform, aim to increase learners’ awareness, understanding and knowledge of the types of fraud and how individuals and organisations can better protect themselves.

They offer learners supported online study via short bite-size steps and are accessible on any device for busy people on the move wherever they may be.

The series of short courses opened with a free to access course, Fraud Investigation: Making a Difference, which has now run three times and achieved extremely high levels of participation and progression. The course has been positively received by learners from around the globe, including counter fraud training organisations.

On the course, learners study with the City of London Police to develop the skills needed to conduct an effective and proactive fraud investigation, looking at the key enablers of fraud and learning how to apply the Fraud Investigation Model.

Coventry University and City of London Police have also just launched an exclusive course, Fraud Investigation: Following the Money, for serving police officers across the UK, which was developed following the initial success of the partnership.

Developed with sponsorship from Lloyds Banking Group, the courses are designed by subject experts from Coventry University’s Faculty of Business and Law using Coventry University Online’s unique production methodology, and delivered on the FutureLearn platform.

Coventry University and City of London Police continue to collaborate on further courses to add to the portfolio.

Financial crime is a growth area around the world, with fraudsters becoming ever more sophisticated. It is our privilege to win this competitive contract and to work collaboratively with world experts in financial crime from the City of London Police. This has been a truly successful partnership, utilising the university’s expertise as one of the global leaders in online education. I am pleased to see the impact these courses have started to make and I am looking forward to further collaborations with the City of London Police.

Dr Yanguo Jing, Associate Dean, Faculty of Business and Law
Fraudsters are constantly looking for new ways to defraud individuals out of their money. We are delighted to have partnered with Coventry University to provide courses to organisations, individuals and serving police officers to help protect, inform and increase awareness of financial crime, to stop as many people as possible from becoming a victim.

Chris Felton, Head of the Economic Crime Academy, City of London Police

Fraud can have a devastating impact on our communities and businesses, and helping to keep our customers’ money safe is our priority. Investing in this partnership helps continue the crucial fight against fraud by developing the skills, knowledge and expertise to stay a step ahead.

Brian Dilley, Group Director of Fraud and Financial Crime Prevention for Lloyds Banking Group

To check for available courses on the FutureLearn platform, search for ‘fraud investigation’.