Press Release

16 July 2012

England's first research and training centre in the fight against Cybercrime has been launched.

Canterbury Christ Church University is leading England’s Cybercrime Centre of Excellence Network for Training, Research and Education (ECENTRE) thanks to a European Commission grant of over £700,000.

The grant is awarded under the Programme Prevention of and Fight against Internet Crime Targeted Call.

ECENTRE comprises a network of five regional clusters bringing together law enforcement, universities and companies to share research and training, educational materials and cybercrime forensics educational resources. The group will develop software tools, case studies, lectures, training materials and share collective expertise, enhancing and developing practitioner training in this field.

The European Commission Grant will support this work which, together with contributions from partners, brings the project total budget to just over €1 million (£803,000) funding for the initial 16 months phase.

Denis Edgar-Nevill, Head of the Department of Computing at Canterbury Christ Church University, who successfully bid on behalf of a consortium of 17 organisations (police, universities and companies in the UK), will establish and lead the ECENTRE.

Denis said: “I have spent the last three years forming the ECENTRE consortium based upon 10 years collaboration with the National Policing Improvement Agency (NPIA), responsible for specialist training for the UK’s police forces. The development of the partnerships was also assisted by the national British Computer Society Cybercrime Forensics Specialist Group. Without their involvement and support this bid would not have been possible.

“We’re delighted to establish the centre and to help continue the fight against cybercrime, a high priority for the European Union to not only protect commerce but individuals from internet crime too. Central to any successful strategy is building the capacity in law enforcement agencies to deal with cybercrime through education programmes informed by research and development keeping pace with this fast moving field.”

The ECENTRE joins a growing European network of national centres of excellence in Ireland, France, Estonia, Spain, Romania and Greece, sharing expertise, educational materials, research and best practice in the fight against cybercrime.

Many other universities and companies have indicated support for ECENTRE and will become members as the project develops. Expressions of support internationally have already been received from the Police Academy of the Netherlands, the Justice Institute of British Columbia, Canada and NIST (National Institute of Standards and Technology), USA.

ECENTRE will use the series of international Cybercrime Forensics Education and Training (CFET) conferences hosted by the Department of Computing at Canterbury Christ Church as one of the many avenues used to publish results and the work of the Centre of Excellence.


Notes to Editor


Project Manager – Denis Edgar-Nevill, Canterbury Christ Church University

Law Enforcement Agencies

NPIA (National Policing Improvement Agency)

ACPO eCrime Training PCeU (Police Central e-Crime Unit) (Advisors to Project)

Cheshire Constabulary


Canterbury Christ Church University

Anglia Ruskin University

Kings College London

University of Bedfordshire

University of Greenwich

Liverpool John Moores University

University of Plymouth

DeMontFort University

University of Coventry

University of Staffordshire


Evidence Talks Ltd

Technology Risk Ltd

First Cyber Security

n-Gate Ltd


For more information on the ECENTRE, contact Denis Edgar-Nevill, ECENTRE Project Manager, Department of Computing, Canterbury Christ Church University, North Holmes Rd, Canterbury, CT1 1QU, Kent, United Kingdom, telephone: 01227 782089, email:

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With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent and Medway, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional subject areas.

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  • 2012 is the University’s Golden Jubilee, reflecting on 50 years of higher education and innovation.

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