Meet the team

Programme Lead  
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Craig Dawson
Craig joined AiTS in 2008. He is responsible for overseeing the degree programme and he is the direct link with the main faculty office at DMU. Craig has a Masters in collision investigation and a Degree in forensics.

Craig leads on CCTV and delivers some of the second and final year modules

Delivery Team  
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Rich Raker
Rich, formerly a senior collision investigator with Essex police, joined AiTS in 2020. He is responsible for overseeing UCPD delivery team, taking the students through the first year of their studies. 

He also asists Mike on the Vehicle Inspection module. Rich speialises in Driver Perception Response. 

Rich holds a BSc in combined science and work based studies and a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.

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Pete Bimson
Pete, formerly a senior collision investigator with Cambridgeshire police, joined AiTS in 2022. He is responsible for delivering the UCPD programme with Rich, taking the students through the first year of their studies. He also suports the UCPD distance learners.

Pete holds a Foundation Degree in Forensic Collision Investigation. He holds a Level 3 Assessors Award and is an ISO17020 Inernal Auditor.

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Mike Fisher
Mike  joined the team in 2021 and currently teaches the Level 4 and Level 5 maths and leads on Vehicle Inspection. Mike holds a Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training.

Mike's background is in the automotive industry. Mike taught at the school of mechanical and electrical engineering and is currently completing the final year of his Engineering Degree with the OU.  


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Darren Philp
Darren joined the fulltime team at AiTS in 2019 having been a distance learning tutor for several years. He is a former police collision investigator with Devon and Cornwall Constabulary and he holds a BSc (Open). As well as assisting with the final year courses, Darren has a keen interest in pedestrian collisions.

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Chris Dunn
Chris joined the team in 2015. Chris was formerly with the Metropolitan Police where he was a collision investigator before becoming a collision investigation instructor with the Met. Chris teaches at Level 5 and specialises in speed from crush and motorcycle collisions. He has a BSc (Hons) in Mathematics.

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Ric Ward
Together with Jon Neades, Ric is a founding member of AiTS. He was a collision investigator in the 1990's with Avon and Somerset Constabulary. Since leaving the police Ric has specialised in pedestrian and pedal cycle collisions.

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Dr Rick Ellwood
Rick is a Chartered Engineer and has an Honours degree and HND in automotive engineering. He joined AiTS part time in 2021 and teaches photography and CCTV analyis. Rick is also part of the Davies Group and leads a team of investigators preparing civil collision investigation reports.

Faculty Office and Administration  
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Anna Howe
Anna joined AiTS in 2012. She leads the Admin and finance team and runs the faculty office at South Cerney. Anna holds an MA in English Philology.

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Nick Keegan
Nick is a former Merseyside Senior Collision Investigator. He joined the company in 2018 and works as part of the faculty team, maintaining student records and monitoring all extensions, deferals etc.

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Yasmin Newman
Yasmin joined AiTS in 2021 and works as part of the admin and faculty team. Yasmin is responsible for students registered on IMI courses..



Full or Part time

Currently you can only study for the degree part time but this will change from from September 2022 when you will have the option to study either part time (60 credits a year) or full time (120 credits a year).

Part time
Part-time study is roughly equivalent to studying at half the rate of a student on a full-time course at university.

  • You will study 60 credits worth of study a year.
  • You'll need to find around 16-18 hours to study each week.

Full time
If you want to complete your qualification at the same rate as a student at a traditional university, for example, an Honours degree in three years, you can choose to study full time.

  • You will study 120 credits worth of study a year.
  • You'll need to find around 32-36 hours to study each week.

Inevitably, unless your employer has agreed to let you study in work time, the number of hours you will need to study means giving up some of your own time and cutting down on some of your social activities, especially if you are studying full time. The OU provides some excellent advice on how to find time to study and the things you may have to consider moderating. There is an online planner which we strongly recommend you take a look at. Click the link to see more.

You will be asked to explain where your study time will be coming from during your induction.


You can link this degree to a forensic collision investigator apprenticeship.

Due to the potentially traumatic nature of the work, the minimum age for apprentices is 18, in line with the young person criteria under ‘Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999’.

Entrants require a minimum of two A levels at grade C or above; one of which should be in maths or a science, and five GCSE's at grade 4 or above (or equivalent) including English, Maths, and Science or suitable equivalent as BTECs. A full category B driving license is required within 12 months of starting the apprenticeship.

For those who do not meet the entry requirements we offer an equivalence route. Study and pass the UCPD to gain entry to the apprenticeship.

Apprentices without level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the End-Point Assessment. For mature students the government lists acceptable alternative certificates further details are available here If you cannot find your certificate you will need to sit level 2 English and Maths.


AiTS have been training collision investigators in the UK and overseas since 1996. We are also the UK's main provider of Roads Policing, Prohibitions and Tachograph training in the UK and Ireland.

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