Nick Kealey

School of Justice Studies

Nick is an experienced former Merseyside Police Sergeant who led the Police team at North Liverpool Community Justice Centre from 2010-2014. He worked closely with a variety of agencies including Mersey Care NHS as part of multi-agency partnership to identify and improve the support available to service users and those with mental ill-health, who found themselves in the Criminal Justice System as offender, victim or witness.

Nick has worked extensively with colleagues from Witness Service and Victim Support. He has previously travelled to Oslo to study the impact of Restorative Justice in the Norwegian Judicial System and was granted a rare privilege to visit a halfway house where offenders worked closely with a local community as part of their rehabilitation.

He returned to Oslo in March 2019 with four of our Level 5 students to teach on an international programme involving student police officers from Norway, Denmark and Germany. The current COVID pandemic disrupted plans for ten students to return in 2020 but Nick successfully worked with international partners to deliver a virtual programme in May 2021 focussing on Mental Health with students and practitioners from Norway, Germany, Romania, Sweden and the Ukraine. He will lead the planning for a return trip in 2022.

Nick studied at LJMU from 2010, progressing from the Policing Studies Foundation Degree to a First Class BA (Hons).

He was awarded a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in August 2016 and Nick is also an independent External Examiner for the Open University.

In June 2019, Nick completed a nationally accredited Hydra Facilitators course at the College of Policing, with the long-term view of working in partnership with others to provide additional opportunities to our students through immersive learning.

Between June 2020 and October 2022, Nick was appointed as the Link Tutor for LJMU and Hugh Baird College and collaborated in the delivery of a Widening Access to Policing Programme at Level 3, and a Policing Studies Foundation Degree at Levels 4 and 5.

In April 2021, Nick received the Skills for Justice Level 3 Award in Assessing Competence in the Work Environment as part of his management assessment of newly promoted Sergeants for Merseyside Police and was part of the Academy team recognised by Merseyside Police in their Community First Awards (2020/21).

Alongside his teaching role, Nick works with students at LJMU to prepare them for police officer (including Virtual SEARCH / Day One assessments), police staff and special constable interviews.


2014, Liverpool John Moores University, United Kingdom, BA (Hons)


2016, Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom, Fellowship of the Higher Education Authority (FHEA)

Academic appointments

External Examiner, Open University, 2021 - present

Journal article

Bell S, Palmer-Conn S, Kealey N. 2021. ‘Swinging the lead and working the head’ – An explanation as to why mental illness stigma is prevalent in policing Police Journal, DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Internet publication

Kealey N, Bell S. 2021. Sausages and storytelling: The benefits of police canteen culture Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Kealey N, Jones G. 2021. Who Killed Cock Robin? Lyrics on trial – the criminalisation of urban sub-genre music and the defence of Digga D Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

Muranova N, Kealey N. 2019. Suspicious minds: Police attitudes to mental ill health from a student perspective Author Url Publisher Url Public Url

External collaboration:, Hugh Baird College, Trish Hughes and Rachael Inge. 2020, Norweigan Police University, Suzanne Bancel Kirsti Messel Philip Tolloczko. 2019, National Centre for Citizenship and the Law (NCCL), Kath Downs. 2016

Oslo Police Department, Norway, Philip Tolloczko. 2016

College of Policing, Helen May. 2016